Category Archives: nature

Wagtails on the moor

 Last Tuesday the regular volunteering task with the Box Moor Trust was to clear the river Bulbourne.  As we started our afternoon stint after a picnic lunch in the meadow, a little bird caught my eye. It was trying to … Continue reading

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Tulips, bluebells and may blossom

Mayday bank holiday. A lovely warm day for a stroll in the countryside. We put on our walking boots and head for the park, stopping to admire the tulips in the ancient walled garden by the church, site of the Charter … Continue reading

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Another sunny Sunday and the bluebells are out

By the river Bulbourne the buttercups bloom in the water meadow and the willow has bright green new leaves. Oxlips turn the hillside to gold up on Roughdown common. Ladybirds and butterflies warm themselves in the bright sunshine and sip … Continue reading

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My garden in spring

  My garden is full of colour . Crocuses are just finishing and the daffodils were out well before St David’s Day. Last year we had snow in March and the whole country was frozen by a biting North wind. … Continue reading

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Walking the Nicky Line

The Nicky line is an old railway that ran from Hemel Hempstead to Harpenden. There are many theories about the name, including the knickerbockers that the navvies wore to build it, but my favourite is an abbreviation of funicular railway, … Continue reading

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Bees, birds, blossom and butterflies

Today is gorgeously sunny so we’ve been for a walk to visit the lambs. The blossom in front of St John’s church raises our spirits as we join the towpath, and a wren chirrups noisily from nearby tree. Too fast … Continue reading

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Spring sunshine by the river Gade

The park beckoned us to enjoy the lovely sunshine today. In my garden the primroses and crocus celebrate the spring. We strolled past the bowling green admiring the willows glowing golden by the river. The river Gade is swollen by … Continue reading

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