Tag Archives: spring flowers

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. 🙂

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.  🙂

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I loved my salad but it was a bit to healthy for me. 🙂  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. 🙂

 

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Spring has Sprung.

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Chaffinch.

Today was glorious and sunny. The kind of sunny that actually feels warm. 🙂  I went for a walk down through the fields to the river. This is one of our usual dog walking routes, but I let Wil carry on ahead with Hugo ,so I could get a few piccies without a black labrador crashing through the undergrowth. 🙂

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Delicate Blackthorn blossom.
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Blackbird.
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Barren Strawberry Flowers.
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River Ribble.
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Male Mallard.
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Robin.
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Ivy.
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Male Bullfinch.
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And another shot….just because it’s very rare that I manage to photograph a Bullfinch.  🙂
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First Butterfly sighting. A Small Tortoiseshell amongst the celandines.
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Wild Garlic Leaves.
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Wood Anemone.
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Spring Lamb.
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Mistle Thrush.

I also saw Sand Martins , back to reclaim their sandy nesting holes in the river bank, a male and a female Goosander flying down the Ribble and a tiny Goldcrest. I think I may do one post a month,following my wildlife sightings in this tiny corner of the world. 🙂

Sunday Sevens Sunday 12th March.

Hi there I thought I would gather last week’s pictures together and make a Sunday Sevens post. 🙂

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Last weekend I came upon an Honesty Box selling eggs whilst we were   walking in Rossendale. As one of the entries on my 25 Before 45 ~ A Bucket List. is to make a meal from provisions bought from an Honesty Box, I left the requested £1 for six eggs and the following day we made pancakes for breakfast. So yummy but I am not sure one ingredient purchased this way can warrant me crossing it off my list?

Spring is on its way for sure now. 🙂  The snowdrops are almost over but blossoms are appearing on the trees, Daffodils and Crocuses are brightening up the parks and Celandines and Daisies are popping up everwhere. It feels good!

The decorating is over for a couple of months. Upstairs is pretty much done now. All that is needed are some more pictures for the stairs and landing. I am pretty happy with these framed retro Lake District Views we found in card  form from   Love The Lakes in Keswick.

Only a little over 3 weeks until we are off to London for some Birthday celebrations. My little sis is going to be 40! Eeeek ! So we are all booked into ‘The  Big Smoke’ for 4 nights in April. So far we have a theatre trip planned and of course an Afternoon Tea. 😉 . Hoping to book The Sky Garden  for amazing and FREE views over the cityscape too. And maybe use a water taxi to Greenwich. Decisions. Decisions.

So I have been scanning my London Guide books for things to do. Any recommendations?

Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads And Bobbins. 

 


Easter Tree Pinspiration. <3

 

 

 

Pretty pastels, decorative eggs, baby animals & Spring flowers. I am becoming seduced by Easter decorations!  My poor abandoned little twig tree ( I totally forgot about it at Christmas) will hopefully get a new lease of life…….. as an Easter Tree. 🙂 I will adorn it’s bare branches with colourful eggs and fluffy bunnies. Where to look for inspiration, but good old Pinterest.
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If you have one of these twiggy Christmas trees, then it will definitely double as a display for pretty fabric birds like these.

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A handful of twigs gathered from the garden , hung with hand painted eggs.

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Spring twigs arranged in a pitcher/bowl, make for an effective Easter display.

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Glue gun Jellybean’s onto Apple Tree branches. Hmmm I suspect more of these might end up in my mouth, than on the tree.;)

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And add a dapper white rabbit with a Top Hat 🙂

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Or keep it simple and au naturale  like the minimalist Scandinavians.

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Pussy Willow branches look adorable adorned with pretty pastel eggs.

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Spring flowers, Lindt chocolate bunnies and a nice cup of tea adds to this lovely floral Easter display. 🙂

For more Easter Tree Pinspiration ,check out my Easter Tree Pinterest Board.

Will you be having an Easter Tree?

 

Park Life ~ April.

April in Clitheroe Castle’s grounds might just be my favourite time of year. So many planted flowers and shrubs are bursting with colour right now as well as luxurious carpets of celandines and forget me nots. You cannot fail to meet a squirrel on your stroll around the park. And melodic bird song accompanies you wherever you go. Enjoy the piccies.

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Celandines and dandelions.
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The Castle Keep.
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Beautiful blue skies and spring blossom.
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Chaffinch.
This Coal tit looks like he is drowning in food.
This Coal tit looks like he is drowning in food.
Bluebells.
Bluebells.
Tulips and forget me nots.
Tulips and forget me nots.
The obligatory squirrel.
The obligatory squirrel.
Flowering Magnolia.
Flowering Magnolia.
Pied wagtail on the bowling green.
Pied wagtail on the bowling green.
A thrush with her breakfast.
A thrush with her breakfast.
Vivid blue forget me nots.
Vivid blue forget me nots.

I thought I would post these before the expected ‘April Showers’. Happy Friday. :0)

Park Life ~ February.

Every month I will be snooping around my local park ( Clitheroe Castle Grounds) with my trusty camera to record the various animal and plant life that reside under the bulk of the ancient Castle Keep. Its safe to say I need more patience. Those pesky goldfinches will not stay still! Oh well, maybe next time. 🙂 Spring is peeking through and the birds are busy building nests. Heres what I spied in February….

colourful crocus.
colourful crocus.

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The Castle Keep.
Dunnock.
Dunnock.
Primrose.
Primrose.
Male blackbird.
Male blackbird.
Female blackbird.
Female blackbird.
Hmmm here is what wildlife lived at the castle back in the day.lols.;)
Hmmm here is what wildlife lived at the castle back in the day.lols.;)
Bluetit. I must say I quite like this photo. x
Bluetit. I must say I quite like this photo. x
Snowdrops.
Snowdrops.
Nuthatch.
Nuthatch.

Park Life will be back in a month. Thanks for dropping by. X

No Coat Needed. :)

Today was the first day I went outside without a coat. 🙂 On my way home from work I stuffed my jacket in my bag and took the scenic route through the park. I was rewarded with sunshine and blue skies and spring flowers revelling in the late afternoon sun.

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Clitheroe Castle.
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Daffodil trumpet.
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Daisy.
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Herb Robert
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Mr Blue Sky.
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Primroses
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Celandine.
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Spot the moon.
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Nearly home.

Spring has sprung at last!