Lindsey's walks

May walk

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Had a lovely walk in some bluebell woods in May. There’s a cycle track between new Mills and Hayfield.  At the Hayfield end we came across a gorgeous wood through a kissing gate at the side of the path.

Found a pretty little tea room too – Rosies.  perfect for a day out in the Derbyshire hills.

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Lindsey’s April walk

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I pledged to enjoy the seasons changing by going for a walk every month as part of 2010:International Year of Biodiversity.

Benlech, Anglesey.  Easter weekend.  Spent most of the time in the wood behind the caravan site making elf houses.

This one has a path and a bench

A front door made of ivy leaves

Daisy and gorse flower garden

The bluebells are here!

Lindsey’s March walk

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Spring is here!  It feels different.

Mersey Vale Nature Park, Heaton Mersey, Stockport.

We found frogspawn! 

And lots of new growth.

Lindsey’s February walk

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A bright, icy cold morning set the scene for my February walk at Etherow Country park, Stockport.  If you’re new to the herbology blog, I pledged to enjoy the seasons changing by going for a walk every month as part of  2010:International Year of Biodiversity.

Part of the lake was frozen so the ducks were all huddled up at one end.   There were lots of people out enjoying the chilly day and children chasing over the bridges at the far end of the lake.  We found spring green shoots of daffs pushing their way up through the frozen soil.  Spring is on its way!

Etherow Country Park was the first country park.  The webpage tells us it was “established in 1968 around an old cotton mill, the park has steadily grown in size and popularity and now attracts over a quarter of a million visitors every year.

“Etherow Country Park is rich in wildlife. The park is home to over 200 species of plants and more than a hundred species of birds have been recorded here.  The park has its own nature reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.  The wide variety of habitats within the park allow an abundance of wild plants to thrive here. With the exception of mid-winter, plants are easily spotted throughout the year. Look out for flora such as Dog’s Mercury, Wood Anemone, Hedge Woundwort and Common Spotted Orchid, among many others.

Etherow Country Park is certainly worth a visit:

http://www.marple-uk.com/community/etherow2.htm

Lindsey’s January walk

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I pledged to enjoy the seasons changing by going for a walk every month.  It’s part of  2010:International Year of Biodiversity

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Didsbury was my choice for January.  Wellies, blue sky, sunshine, gloves, scarf and snowdrops.  Its a gem of a place, part wildlife haven, part gardens.  There were quite a few people out enjoying the crisp winter sunshine.

The cafe is run by volunteers and it is here that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was founded.  It was formerly called the Plumage League by a group of ladies in 1889 who campaigned against the slaughter of birds.  Their feathers were used to decorate women’s hats in nearby Stockport, the hat making centre of the world in those days.  The Plumage League eventually joined forces with the ‘Fur and Feather League’ in Croyden, to become the RSPB.

Snowdrops are just coming out.  I’d like to go back in a week or 2 to see them in their glory.  My daughter and I had a close look at one and she thought it looked like an upside down rose.

We delighted in stepping in the puddles in the grass, breaking the ice as we stomped.  Glad we wore wellies!  Back home to warm up with a hot cup of tea and popcorn.