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A drive through Dommett to see the Bluebells

On Saturday we took a mini detour through Dommett (which is still part of Buckland St Mary), as the scenery is so beautiful and picturesque along there.

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Someone had a vigorous Clematis Montana in their front garden.DSC03935

Another householder had painted a rainbow for the NHS on a tyre, very imaginative!.DSC03936

Then we came to the Bluebells.DSC03938

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And another bank of Bluebells.  I do love to see them.DSC03942

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A walk that was an excuse to wear a dress

Ever since Lockdown we have been out in the garden, weeding, digging, preparing the veggie beds and I have been wearing old gardening clothes.  I have 3 new Summer dresses, bought before Lockdown and no reason to wear them.  So I decided I would put one on to go for our walk along the lanes of Buckland.

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I don’t think we have ever walked these lanes at this time of year before.  Normally when the Bluebells come out we head to Otterhead Lakes as they have swathes of them there and they are so beautiful.  So this was the first time we came across the fields of Bluebells here in Buckland on our walk.20200508_113519

They were not easy to photograph as they were behind a tall hedge, but we had a go.20200508_113418

It’s amazing what you can discover because we are being forced to do things differently and this gives us an opportunity to view our local nature in a new light.20200508_113401

 

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A different walk across the A303.

This morning we set off in a different direction for our walk.  As the A303 is so quiet at the moment we decided to cross it and walk down towards Beetham.20200414_113906

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On the way we passed a lovely big rainbow painted on the front of someone’s drive, thanking the NHS – really great.20200414_112947

We walked down to the caravan park which has a notice on it saying it is closed now until the 30th June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country lanes were deserted apart from a tractor.20200414_113252

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We noticed all the flowers in the hedges, the bluebells are starting to come out.20200414_113443

Some pretty little white flowers that we are not sure what they are.20200414_113624

And some cow parsley is in flower.20200414_114013We crossed back over the A303 and again it was deserted, so unusual.20200414_113854

We headed back towards home.20200414_113929

As we walked along the lanes we admired the view.20200414_114050

Quite a spectacular tree en route.20200414_114309

And then some blossom in someone’s garden.20200414_114535

Approaching our house we commented on the white bluebells on the corner.20200414_115020

We have narcissus growing in front of our wall.20200414_115201

And Forget-me-nots all the way down the wall on the RH side.20200414_115228

I love all the primroses at the this time of year.20200414_115239

We also have bluebells coming out.20200414_115246

And these are the pots of tulips on our front garden patio.20200414_115301

Not guests at the moment due to the lockdown, but time for lovely walks in the country and quite a bit of gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last walk up Staple Hill before Lockdown

On Monday the sun was shining and we were able to take the car to Staple Hill to walk round the circular path there.  There was hardly a soul about, we only passed one other couple the whole way round.DSC03833

We noticed the fir trees had new growth which was blueish in colour.DSC03834

We could see where some trees had been felled to give more light in the woods.DSC03836

We wandered off the path to the edge of a ravine which dropped away sharply.DSC03838

The view was a bit hazy but still lovely.DSC03842

Since the new regulations on Tuesday we are not allowed to drive anywhere to go for a walk, so we won’t be going to Staple Hill again in the near future, just staying at home, in the garden, or around the country lanes where we live.  Still we are very fortunate to have a garden and to live in the country.  It’s much harder for folks living in a tower block in London.

Stay safe everyone and let’s hope this pandemic passes quickly.

 

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Bluebells at Otterhead Lakes

This lovely little nature reserve in Otterford has some nice footpaths taking you along the two lakes and the River Otter. The two lakes which remain are all that are left of a series of pools in the landscaped gardens of Otterhead House which was built in 1845 and demolished in 1952. The site includes woodland trails with snowdrops in the Winter and bluebells in the Spring. There’s also lots of wildlife to look out for. This is one of our favourite places to go for a walk in the Spring for the beautiful carpets of bluebells.

On leaving the car park you walk down some steps to the main path down to the lakes. The sun was just glistening through the newly formed leaves of the trees.DSC03089

On the way down we saw the first of the carpets of bluebells.DSC03092

Reaching the first lake we walked down past the bridge to see the waterfall.DSC03095

An then later to a smaller one.DSC03097

Other plants were coming out too, the pink flowers of Campion and the ferns were just unfurling.DSC03106

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I stopped on a smaller bridge across the water.DSC03100

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On the way back we could see more bluebells, so lovely.DSC03110

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Beautiful Bluebells

Today we visited Otterford Lakes to see the bluebells in full bloom.  As we walked through the woods, you could see the shades of blue on the ground below the dappled trees.

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As we walked further down hill we could see the swans on the lake.

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We walked past the bridge over the lake and up to the higher meadow where there was an absolute carpet of bluebells, really lovely.

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I took some views of the lake as we walked back down.

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Some white narcissus were still blooming.

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The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.

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The first signs of Spring bring us hope

Everywhere there are snowdrops – in our garden, in the hedgerows and swathes of them on our neighbours land.

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Last year we dug up lots of snowdrops from a wild area where they were growing in the back, and planted them into the borders, front and back.  Its good to see they have taken and are coming up with the daffodils.

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It’s great to see the Primulas also in flower, and we have the first crocus bulb out in one of the pots by our front door.

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Its welcoming to see the bulbs coming up everywhere, certainly gives us hope that Spring is round the corner and perhaps we will see an end to all this rain and flooding that people have endured.

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Luckily we are OK here as we live on a hill and the water just runs downhill, but so many places have been affected, I feel so sorry for people whose houses have been flooded.

Anyway we are open for bed and breakfast business as usual.

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Mad British Spring weather

We have just sat outside to have lunch in glorious sunshine.  The sky is bright blue and there is hardly a cloud in it.  Yesterday afternoon it was snowing quite hard.  What a contrast.

This morning when I let the hens out it was minus 3 degrees.  Now it is 7 degrees, that’s 10 degrees difference just in a few hours.

The Spring bulbs are responding to the sunshine.  This is one of our half moon baskets by the front door. Even the Hyacinth is popping its head up now.

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The Daffs are all out.

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And the little Tete a Tete daffs make a fine display in one of our pots.

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I’d love this weather to continue but they have forecast rain for tomorrow, so better make the most of it today and go and clean the chickens out!!

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Snowdrops at Otterford Lakes

As it was such a lovely sunny day today, when our B&B guests had gone and we had the first lot of washing on, we went for a walk to Otterford Lakes.  It’s not far from us, just up through Bishopswood a couple of miles.  We walked down to the first lake and the swans were just gliding over the still water.

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As we stood and watched them they came nearer to us and I was able to take this close up.

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We took the lower path past the waterfall.

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As we walked along the stream the sunlight was glinting on the water.

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We followed the path along the stream until we came to the second lake.

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As we walked back we were able to the see the snowdrops much better.  There were carpets of them in the woods.

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They looked so lovely in the sunshine, really made us feel like Spring is on its way.

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When we got home I noticed some of our Spring bulbs are bursting into life.  The crocus in the half moon baskets by the front door have come out.

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And the very first of the Tete a Tete daffs is out.

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We actually sat outside to have a cuppa after lunch the sun was so glorious.  I think the B&B guests who left today were jolly lucky to have this lovely sunshine and to see the view from Lodge House so clearly, even in February.

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Signs of Spring arriving

We have been having a spell of warm weather in March and it really has started to feel like Spring is here.  The flowers are responding and we have many blooms in flower.  The bees have been out and flying gathering pollen.

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Our half moon baskets by the front door are full of flower now, including the little tete a tete daffodils.

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The bumble bees have particularly been keen on the crocus.

Purple crocus in flower

The rhubarb is showing through and all the little strawberry plants have new leaves.  There are buds on the fruit trees and shoots on the raspberry canes. Also we have sheep (but no lambs) in the field behind our garage so we wake up in the morning to the sound of baa baa!!

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One of our hens, a Speckledy has gone broody on us. She just sits in the nest box all day long, and sits on the eggs the other hens lay.  I have taken to lifting her off every now and again, as I want to make sure she gets some food and water, but she just goes back there.  We don’t have anywhere to segregate her, so anybody got any ideas what to do with her?

Anyway the other hens are still laying so that is OK, we still have eggs for breakfast!!

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