Yesterday we went to visit friends in Nottingham and we all decided a walk and a pub lunch would be a good thing. We'd watched the weather forecast, as you have to do at the moment with this awful weather we've been having, and decided that we might just avoid the rain.
We drove out of the city to the village of Strelley and parked near the bridge over the M1 motorway. Just beyond this and down a leafy lane is the entrance to Oldmoor Wood. It is managed by the Woodland Trust, and was, according to their website, 'planted up' in the 1790s by Thomas Edge, the then owner and designer of the Strelley Estate. There are two other woods close by namely Holly Copse and Brickyard Plantation.
We were all intrigued by the twisted bough of this Beech tree. Paul thought that it may once have been entwined by ivy which had caused the indented pattern. It was warm under the trees, the paths soft underfoot, insects buzzed in the air, birdsong sounded loud and clear; the soft drone of the traffic on the motorway seemed many more miles away than it actually was. Of course it being May the woodland floor was a carpet of wild flowers and in particular, our favourites. After my last post can you cope with yet more of these wonderful 'wild things?' I hope so.....
There was a shimmering, sea of blue under the acid green leaves of the beech trees wherever we looked
After feasting our eyes on such wonders it was time to think about feasting in other ways so, taking one last fleeting look, we made our way to the Broad Oak Inn for a late lunch.
It only started to rain as we entered the pub - how lucky was that?