On Wednesday we booked an entry time at Trentham Gardens and walked around the lake this time taking the longer route into the woodland area, instead of continuing by the lake. Whilst there we heard a cuckoo. It called three times. I was so pleased to hear it as I haven't heard one for years. I was immediately back in the Derbyshire village I grew up in where the sound of the Cuckoo wasn't at all as unusual as it is now. We could hear them as we went on school nature walks, down the lanes and into the woods. They could also be heard over the houses in the village. The sound of the Cuckoo overhead and the sound of the nesting House Martins in the eaves above my bedroom window are still there in my memories.
No photo of a Cuckoo of course so I offer you Cow Parsley on the banks of the River Trent instead. It's one of my favourite sights at this time of year.
2. This year/Last year.
This time last year, well 28th May to be exact, I took the two photos below. Yellow Flag Iris blooming in the pond and the first strawberry ripening to a tempting red.
This year the Flags have only just started to show buds and there are no fruits as yet on the strawberries. Photos taken May 27th 2021.
3. Fox Cub
One of the cubs visited the garden without its parents watching what it was doing. Below is a clip from the nightime wildlife camera.
I took the photo below last night about 9.30p.m. when there was still some light, the cub had ventured out on its own again but it wasn't long before the vixen appeared to watch over it.
I ventured to the library for the first time in over a year to collect a book I'd had reserved. I waited at the door, as instructed by the notice in the window, the librarian came and took my card and booked it out for me. I could have gone in to browse the shelves but I decided to leave that joy until my next visit.Coincidentally, the very last book I took back to the library just before lock down last year was also a Dr Ruth Galloway book by Elly Griffiths, The Lantern Men. It seems fitting then that my first book to be taken out should be her next book in the series. I'm really enjoying it although have to read just a couple of chapters at a time as my eyes get tired. Although, of course, the book involves murder I love the history and archaeologiy side of the story and the comforting familiarity of the main characters and the style of writing.
We've been taking part in 'NoMowMay'. It hasn't been hard as the wet weather would have stopped us mowing anyway. Some of the grass will be mown next week but some, at the top of the garden, will be left for a while longer.
All for now. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.