What a strange week it has been! Monday was such a grey day but we still managed a short, muddy walk at the RSPB nature reserve at Coombes Valley near Leek before the mist came down and the rain set in.
It has also been mild enough to work in the garden and I've filled the garden wheelie bin with winter's leavings like old dead leaves from the Crocsmia and Iris plants and dead headed the Sedums and Hydrangeas. The lawns and some of the paths around the garden are still sopping wet and the garden is still looking dreary and brown but in the heat of yesterday the crocus has opened up and there is some activity in the pond which has been frozen over for the last few weeks. I don't think I've ever seen so much moss in this garden, it's everywhere and I raked three buckets full off the front lawn which now seems to have more moss than grass in it. I've a feeling that some drastic action is needed!
Yesterday was so unusually warm for February that the puffy quilted coat, scarf and gloves I hadn't been anywhere without over the last few weeks stayed in the car as we had a wander around searching for some of the topics for this month's Photo Scavenger Hunt. I was getting anxious that I'd got only three out of the twelve topics but after yesterday I now have nine. Just three more to go one I'd forgotten about will be easy but the other two are going to be quite difficult I think. Still, that is the joy of the challenge.
Here are a few photos from yesterday's little adventure in Cheshire.
Can you guess where we were? It's a place said to be sinking slowly because of the industry it was built up around. I'll write more about this place later - after my Scavenger Hunt post!