Bluebells and Benedicts.

I’ve seen some lovely Bluebell walk posts recently, both on WordPress and on Facebook, so I just had to find my nearest Bluebell Wood and go for a wander, whilst these gorgeous Spring flowers are still in bloom.  The nearest such place happens to be just outside the nearby village of  Whalley. Spring Wood  was once owned by the monks of Whalley Abbey and is classed as a semi ancient woodland. There is ample parking, toilets, picnic benches and quite often an ice cream van parked at the site entrance.  We took Hugo for a short walk , as he is on restricted exercise at the moment.

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Speckled Wood Butterfly.

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Wild Garlic or Ramsons.

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Spring Wood proved to be the perfect place to admire the many bluebells and other wild flowers that frequent the woodland at this time of year. A friend even saw a deer last week ,so it’s well worth taking a camera. πŸ™‚

After our wander we drove into Whalley and went for lunch at  Benedict’s  which is a lovely Cafe Bar in the Village ,that happens to be dog friendly.

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There is a varied menu that includes a good selection of free from foods.  Wil chose the Farmers Board ( a tasty combo of cheese, meats & pate ) and I had the Chicken & Smashed Avocado Salad.  My drink of choice was a bottle of sparkling Rhubarb Mimosa and Wil enjoyed an Americano Coffee. Hugo was given some treats from Millie & Ruby’s Dog Bakery.  πŸ™‚

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I loved my salad but it was a bit to healthy for me. πŸ™‚  So I had to sample the Lemon & Poppy Seed cake!  And I tried a piece of Wil’s Rocky Road too. Both were delicious.

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Have you been on any Bluebell walks ?

Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚



24 thoughts on “Bluebells and Benedicts.”

  1. I haven’t had time for a bluebell walk this week but I’ve noticed they’ve all flowered along my route to school this week… must get out over the weekend I think!

    We’ve spotted the bluebells in Spring Wood on our way to visit Dave’s parents once and twice and I’ve always said it’d be worth a stop during bluebell season (I remember saying it dead on a year ago as we spent this weekend up there) but we’re not going up this year… maybe next year!

  2. I keep seeing bluebells everywhere – and they are so pretty – I just haven’t managed to stop and take photos! The season is so short – blink and we might miss it. Thanks for sharing your pics and making me smile.

    1. I have never cooked with wild garlic but maybe I will have a go. What do you tend to use it in? Have you thought about sending off for the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild pack? Its all about doing immersing yourself in nature every day in June. Just simple things like walking barefoot in the grass, growing some wild flowers…or even cooking with wild garlic!

      1. Hi Shazza. I added it to my Leek & Potato soup and pesto. You can use the flowers and leaves but they have to be freshly picked and used straight away. The flavour is very delicate. I’ve been meaning to put the recipes on my . The Wildlife Trusts’ pack and courses sound good as we do miss so much and there are old skills to learn. Sounds fun and useful! πŸ™‚

      2. Oh you have another blog. I will have to check it out. The soup sounds good. πŸ™‚ I have just sent off for the pack so hopefully I will join in in June. πŸ™‚

      3. The other recipe is Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. They were delicious and vegetarian. It’s useful having my other blog to write about the cottage, garden, upholstery, artwork and recipes. All good fun!

  3. How come Hugo is on restricted exercise ? We’ve had to be careful with our lab as she gets hot easily so opt for evening walks. Oh I do love bluebells. Every year we visit ‘the fairy bluebell woods’ in mid Wales. They are spectacular ! Yours looks like a wonderful place ….

    1. The fairy bluebell woods sound wonderful. Just putting the word fairy before bluebell makes it sound like somewhere I would live to go. πŸ™‚ Hugo is fine now. At the time he has this reaccuring limp which seems to have got better finally. Giving him cod liver oil capsulesand glucosamine. Our lab Jake who we had before Hugo used to overheat in warm weather. He was a bit more crazy than Hugo though.Evening walks are always a nice idea. X

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