Bluebells

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I came across this lovely little clump of bluebells on a recent walk.

Did you know –

The bluebell has many names: English Bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, wood hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles.

It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.

Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish, around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.

And what about this one – All parts of the bluebell plant contain toxic glycosides, which are poisonous to humans and animals. Ingestion of any parts of the plant, whether flowers, leaves or bulbs, causes a lowering of the pulse rate, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting and if consumed in large quantities may be fatal 😱

The bluebells in my own garden are now in full bloom 😍 (I must remember not to touch them!)

My Easter …

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featuring Mini Eggs!

The weekend got off to a good start when I was handed this as soon as I got in from work on Good Friday!

Followed by a sunny evening walk 👣

There was time spent trying to sort out my new water feature 🤔

And then there were more yummy treats 😋

We were very lucky to have a whole Easter weekend that stayed dry and sunny ☀️ Our Bank Holiday’s usually feature rain 🌧

And I was also lucky to have so many Mini Eggs!

Reflections

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Canada geese

“The Canada goose is a large goose, with a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch. An introduced species from North America, it has successfully spread to cover most of the UK. It forms noisy flocks and is often regarded as a nuisance in areas where large numbers occur on amenity grassland and parks.”

These two were safely on the lake at Millets Farm Centre but these geese definitely can be a nuisance when walking along the side of the river in Stratford-upon-Avon. Their scary things!

Springtime

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I thought I’d have a look and try to find out what kind of blossom tree this was, but there’s actually so many different types it was all just too confusing! It’s pretty anyway 🌸

And now my bluebells’ are on their way …

Underground

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What some lovely weather we’ve been having ☀️

Have definitely made the most of it this past week when I’ve had the chance and have been on some nice walks with a friend 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️

The early evening walk around the grounds of Blenheim Palace was sunny but a little bit chilly.

The afternoon walk around Broadway Tower was lovely and warm.

After a lake in the grounds of Blenheim Palace was drained as part of a restoration project, 33 rooms and some secret tunnels were discovered inside an historic bridge, which had been revealed for the first time in 250 years.

And 15 feet below ground on the Broadway Tower estate there is a nuclear bunker which was built to ‘study and report the effects of nuclear explosions’.

Sometimes you just don’t think about what might be right under your feet do you?

December 👎

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Wednesday 1st to Thursday 30th December

Where have I been?!

It was that terrible month of December again 😏 Chaos in the supermarket, endless Christmas present shopping trips, and not much motivation along with lots of tiredness from me 😴

I love this pic – my spooky early morning walk to work!

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Happy Christmas from me 🎄🎅🎁

I loved my gift of handmade Christmas biscuits from my niece Hannah, just how cute are these 😍