Yesterdays bimble ( Very pic heavy)

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CBJ

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Well yesterday was another corker so I decided to take the camera along on the walk I take everyday with the dogs.

It was one of those days were you breathe in and the air smells great, the birds were chirping away like mad and the burst of colours from the new leaves and flowers really catch the eye.

It was really re-energizing something I really needed after the passing of my father in law
3 weeks ago. I made myself do something that I haven't done for what seems a long time and that was to slow down my pace and take the time to look and listen to everything that was around me. The results of doing this are fantastic as there are so many more things you pick up on that you wouldn't normally, things that you would walk by and not give a second glance to.

Anyway enough of my ramblings and on with the pics:



Out of the front door and on to the lane, It looks so much better when the new leaves are out it seems so peaceful




Red hot pokers they must have made it from our garden into the woods somehow



should start seeing the frogs soon




pigeon back on its nest.




the smell coming of the gorse was wonderfull


up the next lane and nearly there. A lot of rooks here


destination



This old beech has been dead for over 15 years and is a prime nesting site.







come to the first of the old estate out buildings


favorite haunt of a pair of barn owls.











great spot for blackberries.





the birds love this area as there is plenty of nooks and crannies to get into.









The old coach house. Loads of pigeons in here when the owls aren't around.

Inside:









Past the out buildings and into the woods:




The big house



Although not fully up the bluebells have already carpeted the floor.



The roes love to come and lie up in here, Apart from the farmer who occasionally uses the track through the woods to get the cattle from 1 field to the next. I am normally the only person to come up here.






I am pretty sure this is a hosta


primrose







I have been after a bit of fat wood for ages but without success, I cut this branch low on the fallen pine and although it is hard and has the slick surface it doesn't smell at all. So I am guessing it is no good. I have tried digging the roots but the stump is completely soft.





Lots of fresh activity from the bunnies.





Now this little plant has had me foxed, It isn't in my old copy of the flower/plant guide and im not having much luck anywhere else, there are a few possibilities but nothing that is a definite. Any idea?

further into the woods there is this opening, which is easily missed.



behind it is this area which is where I harvest all my nettles. It used to be a tennis lawn for the big house.





More plants I have to Id :











I stopped of here to have a drink and a snack. Also to do a bit of a tutorial that I am putting together.








A big old yew, Ill have to get around to using a bit sometime, plenty of long straight pieces.





Tinder hanging of the trees



Another spot the deer like to use.



The Old House:



























This house had central heating quite a luxury back then and the boiler is massive.



out the back



A massive branch fallen from a beech tree. Its gonna take me a while to chop this up.





Heading back home over the fields the sky is mostly blue

A great mornings walk.

Thanks for looking

All the best

Craig
 
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TurboGirl

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What a beautiful place! Bet the house and its buildings were something else when it was lived in and productive :) I wonder if some of your plant finds are actually escapees from back in the garden days?
 

CBJ

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What a beautiful place! Bet the house and its buildings were something else when it was lived in and productive :) I wonder if some of your plant finds are actually escapees from back in the garden days?
Yeah it certainly was, I did a bit of research and found some old pics of it at the library and what a place. I believe it was abandoned in 1932 when the provost and justice of the peace who owned and lived in the place, died. It was a farm estate so it was quite busy.

The house we live in is actually the old school house We even have the original date stone (1870)

I have no doubt that some of the plants were from back then. I know for a fact that they planted a lot of rhododendron and also a lot of cherry trees. There was a full time gardener there, so I would imagine they would have planted a lot of different things.


KP: cheers mate

Atb

Craig
 

stuart f

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Now this little plant has had me foxed, It isn't in my old copy of the flower/plant guide and im not having much luck anywhere else, there are a few possibilities but nothing that is a definite. Any idea?

Hi CBJ, i think the plant is Pink Purslane(Montia sibirica), an introduced species from north America. Its a member of the Pink family, you can tell by the notches in the petals, which are a characteristic trait in the Pink family.
http://www.perennialveg.org.uk/montiasibirica.htm

I hope that helps you out.
Cheers Stuart.
 

CBJ

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Hi Stuart,

Thank you for this mate, Pink Purslane looks spot on. Leaves are identical also.

Another one I can add to the book

Again thank you

All the best

Craig