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Sunday 28th Feb
Walked to Turnerwood and back the pretty waymap link – about 13Km – nearly 8 miles – including shopping at the end. Might have overdone it a tad – hip ached by the time I got home. There’s links to the pics on the map.
For reasons best known to my subconscious I’ve got these pics in exactly the wrong order – last to first. Can’t be arsed to change it now so …
Shireoaks Hall (grade II listed) is all that’s left of what was obviously a majestic house and outbuildings, see the header*. There’s evidence of ornate gardens – a hahalink down one side and an artificial long lake or ‘canal’ facing the front door give some indication of what used to be. The (oak?) tree for which the village and hall are named is also in the park: “… anonymous visitor of 1727 also noted that there was ‘a Tree in the Park that hangs its boughs over Nottinghamshire, Darbyshire and Yorkshire” … from Historic England’s article.
*I just found out that the header doesn’t show on a mobile/cellphone version so here it is:
Lichen again – it’s often the only colour around at this time of year.
Crows are ubiquitous but not often seen this close.
Bare trees against the cloudy sky – very moody. The haha’s just visible on the right of this picture.
There’s often a heron or two on the lake, I think there was one in the distance here.
The Turnerwood flight vies with the Thorpe flight for “most scenic section of the canal”; taken together there’s no competition; even boaters who have to work the locks, there’s over twenty of them, agree.
A lone snowdrop at just the right height to photograph.
Blue tits are often seen but rarely take a pose long enough.
At Brancliffe Farm there’s banks of snowdrops at the roadside and in the small orchard.
The trees silhouetted against the cloudy sky are attractive whatever the time of year.
The long tailed tit feeding flocks are definitely becoming smaller as food supply reduces and, presumably, members die off.
In Shireoaks there’s a butcher’s shop with this blue plaque proudly fastened alongside its door.
A legacy of the mining era. A capped off pit shaft on The Woodlands ‘Country Park’.
On The Woodlands itself there’s an increasing wildlife presence, both animal and plant(and fungus – which are apparently neither(?)).
Furry pussy willow catkins are showing. Their silver sheen fair glows in the sun.
Last year’s alder cones and this year’s catkins await spring.
Here as elsewhere there’s plenty of blackthorn blossom.
At the pond there’s a great tit and a dunnock singing happily to welcome springtime.
Monday 29th Feb ’16
In the Gregorian calendar, years that are divisible by 100, but not by 400, do not contain a leap day. Thus, 1700, 1800, and 1900 did not contain a leap day, 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not contain a leap day, while 1600 and 2000 did, and 2400 will. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of the year. In the Chinese calendar, this day will only occur in years of the monkey, dragon, and rat.Wikipedia
Grebe number one on the pond.
Grebe number two about to leave his/her plank and then paddling away
Up at the overflow there’s an elder stump with now ageing jelly ear fungus.
The mallard pair were walking up Morse Lock’s bywash, dabbling as they went.
Gotta have a Hugin panorama picture. This one’s from the path alongside Redlands Primary.
That’s February done