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Spring River Walk.

Its been a while since I’ve taken my camera down the river side. Its a bit difficult taking photos when I have Hugo with me , as all my time is taken up with ….making sure he doesn’t eat sheep poo, making sure he doesn’t chase ducks, making sure he doesn’t steal picnics and er making sure he doesn’t eatย anyย dead pheasants. He is not really the ideal photography companion. Ha ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚

River Ribble.
River Ribble.

Today I tired the doogal out with a morning river walk and an afternoon park walk, so i could escape on my own for a wander along ย the banks of the Ribble. It was quite breezy and the sun was shining. I wondered what I would see……

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Mallard.
Mallard.
The delicate drooping flowers of the Wood anemone.
The delicate drooping flowers of the Wood anemone.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Black headed gull.
Black headed gull.
Blackthorn blossom.
Blackthorn blossom.
Dandelions.
Dandelions.
Mayflower.
Mayflower.
Orange tipped White butterfly. Gorgeous.:)
Orange tipped White butterfly. Gorgeous.:)
Pied wagtail.
Pied wagtail.
Spring blossom confetti. :)
Spring blossom confetti. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so happy to get my first piccies of an Orange tipped white butterfly. I have tried chasing them round in the past ( without a huge butterfly net! ) and not had any success. Shortly after I spied that little beauty I looked up and saw something hovering in the sky above me…..

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Its a kestrel !
Its a kestrel !

Thats the first time I have seen one in the wild up so close. You just never know what you might spot on a walk by the river. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks for dropping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

Park Life ~ April.

April inย 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.
Chaffinch.
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 ~ March.

March is here and everywhere in the Castle grounds is literally springing into life. Blossom is appearing on the trees, hardy wild flowers such as daisies,celandines and primroses are basking in sunshine and the birds are busy practising their best bursts 0f birdsong. The whole park is celebrating the arrival of spring. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daffodils are trumpeting.
Daffodils are trumpeting.
Grape Hyacinth.
Grape Hyacinth. An incredible blue.
Catkins and the Castle.
Catkins and the Castle.
Collared dove.
Collared dove.
Crocuses.
Crocuses.
The castle through the blossom.
The castle through the blossom.
Pale blue primula.
Pale blue primula.
Acrobatic grey squirrels love the park.
Acrobatic grey squirrels love the park.
Peeking celandines. Soon the ground will be carpeted with them. :)
Peeking celandines. Soon the ground will be carpeted with them. ๐Ÿ™‚
Bluebells.
Bluebells.
Feeding time. A chaffinch and a bluetit at the breakfast buffet.
Feeding time. A chaffinch and a bluetit at the breakfast buffet.
Its a busy spot!
Its a busy spot!

What are your favourite signs of spring?

Autumnal August ?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to wear my wellies this month. And now its getting a wee bit chilly too! ย Quite a few bloggers have been posting about how Autumnal they feel. With that in mind I donned my wellie bobs and jacket and set off for a walk down the fields. It is true there are sure signs that Autumn is taking hold. Nuts and berries are already in abundance. However Summer still clings on. Flowers, Butterflies and Sunshine. Yes Sunshine! By the time I was half way back from my walk I had stripped off my jacket and put on my sunglasses. ๐Ÿ™‚

Blackberries.
Blackberries.
Water Mint.
Water Mint.
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Cabbage White.
Cabbage White.
Burdock.
Burdock.
In the woods.
In the woods.
Red berries.
Red berries.
Ribble Way.
Ribble Way.
Indian Balsam.
Indian Balsam.
Peacock butterfly.
Peacock butterfly.
Thistle down.
Thistle down.
By the river.
By the river.
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
And in flight.
And in flight.
Knapweed.
Knapweed.
Bunny.
Bunny.
Bindweed.
Bindweed.

Keep on enjoying the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve.

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This afternoon I went for a wander up to Salthill Quarry in Clitheroe. Even though I have lived here for years, there are still some places I have yet to discover in this town. Salthill Nature Reserve was one of them ! I was really surprised at all the wildlife I spied along the way and I had it all to myself. Didn’t come across another soul. ๐Ÿ™‚

Common Knapweed.
Common Knapweed.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Tiny wild strawberries. :)
Tiny wild strawberries. ๐Ÿ™‚
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Fossil wall.
Fossil wall.
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don't the flowers look like bees. :)
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don’t the flowers look like bees. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
Didn't get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. :)
Didn’t get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. ๐Ÿ™‚
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. :)
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. ๐Ÿ™‚
Yellow Flag Irises.
Yellow Flag Irises.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Cute Bunny () ()
Cute Bunny () ()
I spy Pendle Hill.
I spy Pendle Hill.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Paper white Bindweed.
Paper white Bindweed.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
A cottage on the way home.
A cottage on the way home.

Thanks for dropping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cows and Cow Parsley.

Bank Holiday Monday ~ and I decided to take an afternoon walk up past Standen Hall, instead of heading to the river which I imagine was packed with picnickers. I made my way through some grassy meadows and walked to Lane ends which runs along side the by pass. Cow Parsley was everywhere. And I came across some sunbathing cows. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
How Now Brown Cow!
How Now Brown Cow!
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
MooooooCows. :)
MooooooCows. ๐Ÿ™‚
Country road....
Country road….
Cow Parsley.
Cow Parsley.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Grey Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail.
Buttercups.
Buttercups.
Hawthorn blossom.
Hawthorn blossom.

Wildflower walk to Whale.

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On a recent trip to visit family in the village of Askham in Cumbria I was intrigued by the above road sign. I wondered what I would find if I walked to Whale. So I took my camera to record what wild flowers I would spy on the way. Yes I am a bit of a nerd!

Delicate water avon.
Delicate water avon.
Dandelions everywhere.
Dandelions everywhere.
Cuckoo Pint. Also known as Lords and ladies.
Cuckoo Pint. Also known as Lords and ladies.
Cowslips.
Cowslips.
I spy a Heron.
I spy a Heron.

I came to a river and managed to take a picture of a heron, but i couldn’t get very close. I also saw some flying geese honking away and a hare shot across the road into a meadow of vibrant yellow rapeseed. To quick for my photography skills though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Rapeseed.
Rapeseed.
Sunshine yellow for as far as you can see.
Sunshine yellow for as far as you can see.
Cuckoo flower aka May flower.
Cuckoo flower aka May flower.

On the approach to Whale there were cute lambs playing in the fields. It didn’t take me long to get there.

Playful lambs.
Playful lambs.
Lamb standoff.
Lamb standoff.

Pied wagtail.
Pied wagtail.

Whale turned out to be a tiny hamlet. Just a few houses and a post box. I think I had expected to see a huge whale sticking out of a house roof or something. ; )

Wandering round Whale.
Wandering round Whale.

I followed the road back the same way then came across a public footpath which ended up in the churchyard in Askham.

Bluebells.
Bluebells.
Robin.
Robin.
Askham Hall.
Askham Hall.
Pink blossom.
Pink blossom.
Back into Askham.
Back into Askham.

I was back in time for tea at Mums. And then this visitor came to the garden. A Great spotted Woodpecker.

Mr Woodpecker. :)
Mr Woodpecker. ๐Ÿ™‚

I quite liked my walk to Whale. ๐Ÿ™‚