It seems ages since I wrote a post. I've been around and about not going far until I feel better. I've been trying to walk more throughout this week and whilst out and about on Friday I bought a step tracker. Not an expensive one but it does link to a device so I can see progress.
Whilst out walking last Sunday across nearby Fenton Fields. We heard Skylarks and then, joy of joys, I heard a sound from my childhood, the call of a Cuckoo. We stood still and listened and heard it again. Just two calls. I was used to hearing them over the village woods, where, as children, we played on the stone walls of the old sheep dip by the brook and scared ourselves into screams and giggles by peering in the cobwebby windows of the old, derelict gamekeeper's cottage. By the 1950s the gamekeeper had taken up residence in the old station house as the local line had closed, way before the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, and the tunnel had been filled in for safety reasons. I seemed to have drifted a little.
On Saturday we walked in Biddulph Grange Gardens (National Trust). On Thursday we walked in Hem Heath Woods (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust) to see if there were bluebells and on Friday we walked at Tittesworth Reservoir (Severn-Trent Water).
Below are some photos of things that caught my eye.
Cat, tulips and blossom at Biddulph Grange Gardens.
At Tittesworth Reservoir we spotted some lovely wildlife. We walked down to the stream with views of The Roaches. Later we crossed the road and visited one of the bird hides, it was new and empty so we had it to ourselves for quite some time.