A few days ago, when it was sunny - it was sunny wasn't it? I didn't dream it, did I? Well, the photos below tell me the sun did shine for a short while at least so we went for a walk at a local nature reserve, another one owned by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. This reserve is right in the city just off the main road between Longton and Trentham.
Hem Heath Woods are bounded on one side by an industrial estate and on the other by the railway line which carries the Virgin West Coast trains. Across the road where you can see the Aldi sign is the site of the former Hem Heath colliery.
Once you are in the woods the sounds from the main road, the railway and the industrial units seem to dissipate leaving only the sound of birdsong of which there was quite a chorus. Happy birds to have found such an oasis in the city.
We last walked here a few weeks ago when the trees were bare but now they were a beautiful acid green in the dappled sunlight. Although the trees were lovely we had come seeking blue not green and further into the woods, past the clearing, we found what we were looking for.
Carpets of blue
shimmering in the sunlight
Precious, delicate, ephemeral bluebells. Their beauty almost takes your breath away.
We lingered for ages before moving on to complete the walk which ends
just here - a newly created pathway to
The site of the Wedgwood Factory, Museum and Visitor Centre at Barlaston where you can linger a while
amongst the visitors from overseas, leaving their swish, air conditioned coaches behind, dashing towards the entrance, some stopping to take photos as they rush headlong into the next phase of their whistle stop tour.
You can linger for a coffee in The Ivy House Restaurant, perhaps visit the museum,
wander through the main shop
and the factory seconds shop or you can just make your way back through the woods .
It would double the length of your walk but on a lovely day it is a beautiful stretch of the canal to walk along.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.