Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekend Wanderings

The weather has been rather lovely this weekend and we spent some time in the sadly neglected garden.  I did a bit of weeding in the front garden and some of the grass has been cut but half of it is still too wet to work on. There is such a lot to do and we are still chopping and bagging up the last branches of the tree that was taken down at the front of the house a few weeks ago. More from the garden in a later post.

We have managed a couple of trips out locally in the last couple of days so below are some photos I took whilst out and about.


We had a walk at Froghall Wharf down the lane and through the woods.

 It was wet and muddy underfoot, thank goodness we had wellies on

 Just look at all that wild garlic, this wood if full of it and the smell when it is in flower is amazing.

We then walked  along the canal towards the steam railway

and went onto the platform of the  Kingsley and Froghall station.

 We didn't see a steam train as we were there about 11a.m. and it wasn't due in from Cheddleton until after midday.

We walked across the line to look at the new picnic area and small nature reserve being created at the station.

It was lovely to see so many wildflowers and shrubs as we walked.

The next day we went to Ashbourne in Derbyshire and had a wander around. Above are just a few photos I took in the centre in the little lanes around the Market Place.

28 comments:

  1. A couple of places I know pretty well, still looking attractive - the locations, not me!

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    1. HaHa - yes both still lovely places to visit:)

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  2. You are so lucky to have all these great places within striking distance, wellies definitely needed in some places like down here I see. :-)

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    1. Yes, we are lucky to live here. We have Derbyshire to the East of us, the Staffordshire Moorlands and then Cheshire to the North and West and Shropshire and the rest of Staffordshire to the south, so many lovely places close by:)

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  3. Lovely days out. I've still never been to Froghall. I really must make the effort to go there.

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    1. It is only a small place but has the canal and railway and remains of old industries in the valley:)

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  4. Sometimes it is lovely to explore places near to home isn't it? and we have had some lovely weather in which to explore too xxx

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    1. Yes, it has been lovely weather and it is hard to choose where to go as there are so many lovely and interesting places close by:)

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  5. A lovely place to walk :)
    I spent the afternoon in Ashbourne on Friday, I took my elderly friend out for lunch and a browse somewhere she hasn't been to for a long time.

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    1. There are some lovely places to have lunch in Ashbourne and to browse around too:)

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  6. Froghall looks a lovely and interesting place to walk - great photos :) Thanks for reminding me it will soon be Wild Garlic time.

    I've never been to Ashbourne - looks a good town to visit.

    Just wanted to thank you for all your book lists - you have given me ideas of new authors to try. In fact, I have just finished Raven Black by Anne Cleeve and loved it. Will definitely be working my way through that series and then trying Vera Stanhope books.

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    1. Ashbourne is a lovely little town, lots of history and connections with Erasmus Darwin and Dr Johnson as well as George Eliot. The church and churyard are fascinating and there is the start of the Tissington Trail there too. Glad you are enjoying the Shetland books, I'm sure you will enjoy the Vera ones too:)

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  7. You do go on some some lovely walks but I would be scared to go walking off the beaten track alone (as no-one else would come with me!) I would however, be more than happy to visit Ashbourne alone. Such a pretty little place. x

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    1. I'm lucky that we both enjoy walking but I must admit I wouldn't want to walk in some of the places on my own. If we lived closer to each other we could walk together sometimes. Ashbourne is a lovely place:)

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  8. Lovely walk, it's so nice to see all the spring flowers coming out. And I would enjoy looking round Ashbourne.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Ashbourne is a lovely little town with lts of interesting shops and little nooks and crannies. I love the spring flowers at the moment:)

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  9. I love wild garlic. We have so much in flower at home at the moment. I love to cook with it...I use it like chives. B x

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    1. I love wild garlic, too. We have a patch at the top of the garden which haas spread quite a bit this year, lots of little seedling in the grass - it must be a good year for it:)

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  10. What a lovely station Rosie. It is like a scene from The Railway Children. Spring flowers are a welcome sight too - I saw some crocus just coming into flower this week...still waiting for some milder days.

    Marie x

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    1. All three of the stations along that line are lovely old buildings and they always keep them so clean and well maintained. All thanks mostly to volunteers who love the steam railways:)

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  11. A lovely walk with so much to see. It looks like there is plenty of interest in Ashbourne. I've just been wandering along a path through some wild garlic that's just starting to flower - what a strong smell!

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    1. The smell is amazing, so strong and pungent. As much as a sign of spring as the warm, sweet smell of a blue bell wood. Both wonderful:)

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  12. I enjoyed going out with you today, Rosie. I especially liked the old station with the luggage display. So lovely.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. The station is lovely isn't it? Glad you enjoyed the visit:)

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  13. Lovely quaint villages....you are so lucky!

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    1. Yes, it is lovely to be able to visit such wonderful places not too far away:)

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    1. Thanksm Ian - glad you liked them:)

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