Another Park, Another Walk.
On Friday afternoon I went for a quiet walk in Norwood Lake Park.
On the way I saw this glorious tree … Mahonia aquifolium … Oregon Grape Holly?
Once in the park, I said hallo to the little Medlar tree we planted there …..
… then tramped across the cut grass, past the blooming Cow parsley and onto beaten paths through and surrounding wooded areas. Willow trees are now dressed for Spring … and the view across the fields is colourful.
Fancy living there, surrounded by those beautiful trees!
I soon emerged onto the path around the Lake.
There in the sombre rippling water I watched Coots, Moorhens and geese floating …
nesting … washing … in the quietly reflective surface
After a wash by the bank side, a Moorhen is off to the lake again; whilst I carry on walking around it, seeing more twiggy nests and contented geese.
Another busy Moorhen catches my eye in the borders of the Willow-reflective water, and yet again I am bothered by the ‘protective?’ plastic and wire … I wonder, ‘what’s it for?’
Past this scented shrub, I climb a pontoon and look out over the lake again, watching a pair of Mallard ducks swimming and dabbling my way, until another drake Mallard drives them back again!
Below me in the water, the triumphant mallard eyes me smugly, maybe hoping for titbits as is the custom from my lofty stance, but I have none.
Other ‘hopefuls’ spot me and rush towards the pontoon, so I beat a retreat!
On the way home from the lake Park, I passed Apple blossom, Lilac, Bluebells …..
The Chestnut buds from a week before were now leafy and flowering.
It was a walk to restore the soul.
Anne ….. 27.04.2018.