Whiling away an Afternoon

I am surknitting-for-barbiee all of you Mums and Grandmothers out there have at some time  been creative, knitting dolls clothes..For me it was a rainy afternoon last week when I got out some scraps of wool to add to my Granddaughters Barbie wardrobe..

In fact for nearly a week we have had rain most days.. Yesterday being the worst day  as Storm Angus  swept across Britain. I know we struggled taking our granddaughter home  after school through roads which were flooded. Thankfully our car made it through the flooded roads ok.. But some in front of us were not so lucky as their cars got flooded and cut out..

My thoughts are with the family of the lady who lost her life in the storm and for those whose homes were flooded yet again as rivers broke their banks and roads just couldn’t take the amount of rain which fell in such a short space of time on already soggy ground..

Needless to say nothing much is happening on the allotment front, but the good news is the green house and sheds are still standing as we had several wild mini tornadoes in our area last Thursday which caused damage.

But I will leave you with some peaceful scenes as these pictures were part of our Sunday walk a week ago when the Sun came out for the morning.  We spent a time watching the Inland Seagulls which are quite common now in our area dive down fishing in this small pond which feeds several man made small lagoons stocked for the fishermen to fish.

This whole area once belonged to one of the many coal mines Shirebrook Colliery.  Now all the coal mines are closed. And the Slag heaps that were once an eye-saw around every Pit village  mostly have now been converted into trails and nature reserves.. I worked for 5 years in Shirebrook in textiles just after the Coal mine was closed.   And for those interested in History I found this video of the Town and its history. My Granddad worked all his life in a pit such as this from the age of 14 until his retirement aged 65..  He worked with pick and shovel in those early years when there were Pit ponies then down the mines and often would work with water up around his knees.

I hope you enjoyed this post as I whiled away  yet another late afternoon as the rain keeps falling..

Take care of yourselves..Wishing you all a Peaceful Week where ever you may be .

~Sue~

 

 

 

 

 

Geese are a Dabbling One, Two, Three..

Natures Garden is what  I have been exploring recently, as I went for a day out at a local beauty spot only a 20 minute drive away to Hardwick Hall. Below are the wonderful grounds which surround the Hall.. Which visitors can access for free.. Its only the Hall and Hall gardens which need tickets. 

We walked along to the Lakes as the water lilies were just coming out. The geese were nurturing their young, and were obviously used to seeing visitors.. But we kept our distance to allow them to feel safe.

The pictures I took are below.  Of One Sunday walk at Hardwick Hall

 Sunday mornings we like to walk.. And so the following week it was another fine day.. This time we went to along a favourite walk.. This area was once an Ugly Slag Heap from a Coal Mine.. but when the mine closed the land was turned into a Nature reserve.. A small lake was created for fishing, and wild life.. 

Here Geese and Ducks live and at times there have been swan families.

We set off along our 2 hour walk, 

Gorse bushes and Ox Eye Daisies on our walk

Gorse bushes and Ox Eye Daisies on our walk

And I loved snapping photo’s of the flowers

This is part of the geranium family. Its a wild Geranium  starting to flower

This is part of the geranium family. Its a wild Geranium starting to flower

This is not the clearest of photo's but this is a Dog Rose climbing in the hedgerow

This is not the clearest of photo’s but this is a Dog Rose climbing in the hedgerow, Knowing where to find Rose Hips in the Autumn for Rose-Hip Syrup

We came across another lovely family of Geese and their young

We came across another lovely family of Geese and their young

 

 as we walked along the path she lead them to the water for safety

as we walked along the path she lead them to the water for safety

How Cute is this little family

How Cute is this little family

As we passed slowly by them the Geese took their family back to the water

As we passed slowly by them the Geese took their family back to the water

Family of Canada Geese   walking back to get in the lake

Family of Canada Geese walking back to get in the lake

Two families, One safely back in the water the other Geese follow suit

Two families, One safely back in the water the other Geese follow suit

All safely back with Mum and Dad in the water as we continue along home.. 

I hope you enjoyed the walk with me.. 

Coming up soon is more Allotment Updates. 

Enjoy Summer and all it brings your way 

~Sue~