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. 🙂
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. 🙂
Hey and welcome to March Links& Likes. I thought I would include some pretty pictures of mad March hares frolicking around with not a care in the world. If only our lives could be as carefree as these beautiful illustrations. Anyway without further ado….
Naomi tells us about The Joy of Gorse and how the shrub’s sunshine yellow flowers can be made into a fresh and delicious cordial. 🙂
Louise follows in the footsteps of Peakland writer Roger Redfern and finds that things haven’t changed all that much ,since he published his own rambles in the 1960s.
One of my favourite travel boggers ‘Mary’ from Travels with the Blonde Coyote hasn’t posted in a while, but hopefully that will all change now she’s introduced her gorgeous new dog pal ‘ Vida’. What a beauty! 🙂
Erin has visited the vibrant and colourful city of Lisbon. Me too please. 🙂
This fab post by Baked by Mummy Iris explores London’s Covent Garden. It looks like foodie heaven and certainly makes my tummy rumble. 🙂
Hey did you know that there is a A Cat ~^^~ who actually works in B & M Bargains??? Check out this cute Kitty !
And if your planning a trip to Iceland this year , here is a very useful blog to consult I ♡ Reykjavik.
Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. ♡
I have walked through my local park Brungerley Park in Clitheroe often enough, but Sunday was the first time I had picked up a leaflet for the area’s Sculpture Trail and tried to spot all the different Art works. The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail can be accessed from either West Bradford Road or Waddington Road and takes you through woodland, grassland, a quarry and by the riverside. Roadside parking is available and the walk takes about an hour, so is short and family friendly. 🙂
Here are some of the sculptures we saw on the trail, our starting point was the Waddington Road Entrance.
As you can see the sculptures are quite diverse and many are inspired by the local area. It was good fun finding them all. There are free Trail leaflets at the Tourist Information Centre in Clitheroe which is situated inside the Platform Gallery near the train station.
Brungerley Park was first opened in 1876 and became the place for Clitheroe folks to enjoy their leisure time. Boating and Ice skating on the Ribble, band concerts, folk tales of River Spirits and Pendle Witches and even Victorian Bathing Huts on the river bank.
As we neared the river I spotted the first of the Spring Wild flowers that will adorn the trail. Another few weeks and there will be plenty more to see.
So there you have it. There are a few sculptures I forgot to photograph, including some more ceramics by Halima Cassell. She certainly gets around a bit on the trail! Also look out for various play areas for the kids and keep an eye out for wildlife. 🙂
Hi there I thought I would gather last week’s pictures together and make a Sunday Sevens post. 🙂
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?
This weekend is to good to be true! It’s sunny and actually warm. Warm enough for a paddle, even. 🙂
I have a confession! I’m absolutely rubbish at this scheduling posts /writing up posts malarky , and I’m not sure I am going to keep up with the pressure of Blogging Every Day In May. And besides the weather is just too nice to be glued to my pc. So i’m stopping for now. I managed a week! And I’ll be back soon. Or when it rains….
Hugo is very lucky that the town we live in has an excellent dog friendly park! Some days we head down the fields to the river on our walks and occasionally we can be found whizzing round the Castle grounds.When I say whizzing, I mean Hugo is usually about a mile ahead of me.I most probably am trying to catch up with him…..or hyperventilating in a bush! Although today’s #BEDM prompt is meant to be TOP TIPS, I’m just going to show you a few piccies of my local park and tiny Castle instead….
This turret known as The Pinnacle is originally from the Houses of Parliament. Hugo is impressed!
Thanks for joining Hugo and I on one of our typical walks. 🙂
This post is for day 6 of #BEDM devised by Elizabeth at Rosalilium.
Spring is well and truly here ( along with lots of April showers!) , so on Sunday I took my Ladybird Book ‘ What To Look For In Spring’ out and about for an impromptu Photo Shoot. Ladybird Books were part of my childhood, though it is only in the last couple of years that I have started collecting the What To Look For series. Now I have all four seasons, I think I will expand my collection to include some of the other Nature titles. 🙂 It was interesting to compare the pictures in the book ( beautifully illustrated by naturalistic painter Charles Tunnicliffe) with life in the countryside today.
My photos are from two walks I did with the dog ( and Wil!) in my local area. I’ve included a few written extracts found in ‘What To Look For In Spring’ along with my pictures. 🙂 This Ladybird book was published in 1961.
‘By the first week of April the lambs that were born in February are large enough to enjoy springtime games. The blackthorn is now in full blossom’
The lambs I saw were catching the sun’s rays and the lacey blackthorn blossoms are indeed in full bloom.
‘Growing amongst the roots of the tree are violets and lesser celandine.Dead leaves have gathered here and decayed , giving nourishment to the roots of the violets which like soft humus.’
I’m not sure what soft humus is, but it seems to be true…..
‘ Magpies are wily birds and it is extremely difficult to get near enough to shoot them, but many countrymen do so when they can, and feel they have done a good deed.’
Hmmm not sure country folk go round shooting Magpies, but some do salute them!
‘In a woodland opening we find wood-anemones which spread by underground stems and are consequently all close together.’
Saw carpets of these pretty white flowers in the woods.:)
It was the perfect day for a walk up a country lane with views of Pendle Hill, its slopes looking almost gentle from this distance.
‘We know that March will soon be followed by April-when windows can be opened again,and hedgehogs and dormice can end their hibernation and enjoy the sunshine.With Spring comes the greatest wonder of the year-possibly even more beautiful than Summer.’
I certainly agree that Spring is full of wonder. Every day new flowers appear and life is springing up everywhere. If you have a ladybird book or any nature publication from the past, why not see how wildlife compares ,then and now.Let me know how you get on. X