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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.


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


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


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


Some white narcissus were still blooming.


The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.


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June walk at Otterhead Lakes

We  had friends stay with us over the weekend and as the weather was sunny we went for a walk at Otterhead Lakes.


The walk down to the first lake was through woodland that was dappled with sunlight.


We passed lovely rhododendrons still in flower.


The water on the first lake was calm as a mill pond as they say.


The water level was low and not enough to cascade down the steps, only the bottom couple.


We stopped at the little bridge over the stream and our friends took our photo.


We remarked on how beautiful the ferns were along the stream.


When we reached the second lake we noticed how low the water level was.


The swans were standing on the lake bed.


This is the first time we have done this walk in June so we are not sure if low water is the norm or not.

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Bluebell walk at Otterhead Lakes

Today, dodging the showers we went for a walk at Otterhead Lakes, one of my favourite places, to see all the bluebells.


The map shows the path we take, from the car park following the red line down to the first lake and then along the path through the woods to the second lake.  Earlier in the year we came here to see the carpets of snowdrops, now it is the turn of the bluebells.


When we got to the first lake one of swans came up to see if we had brought any bread, (but we had forgotten).


It was closely followed by some ducks, who were equally disappointed by us.


The swan upended itself to search for its own food.


As we walked along the path by the river we could see the carpets of bluebells in between the trees.


Neil posed on the little bridge across the stream.


In an established woodland the bluebells are native English where the bells hang to one side as opposed to Spanish bluebells where the bells are all the way round.


When we got the second lake there was a clump of yellow flowers that looked a bit like buttercups.


The water was calm on the lake.


Walking back we admired the bluebells in the woods along the bank.


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Snowdrops abound at Otterhead Lakes

This morning, being sunny we went for a walk around Otterhead Lakes, one of my favourite places around here.  We went to see the carpets of snowdrops, they are so beautiful at the moment, all singles and they are so bountiful, its a joy to see.

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The sun was glinting on the water of the first lake, and the water was so calm today.


There weren’t many people around today and we had the woodland path to ourselves as we walked towards the 2nd lake.


A pair of swans and their fairly mature cygnet were making their way along the stream through the woods.


The sun was glinting on the water as we reached the 2nd lake.



As we approached the cascade we could see the water was flowing down it very fast.


The snowdrops looked just as lovely on the way back.


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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.


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


We took the lower path past the waterfall.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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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