So, this morning I decided we would do something about this. The sun was out first thing, with just a few fluffy clouds, so it seemed a good day for a Walk to Somewhere Nice - or in the more graphic speech of the area "a bit of a blow", to clear our heads and wake us up.
I discussed with with Davey, over my nice breakfast in bed (he is so kind... I overslept and he brought me my breakfast). We decided to head for a local Country Park, where there is a lovely man-made lake, with plenty of trees and wildlife, paths to walk on, grassy areas and, best of all, a very nice cafe that serves great little meals!
The weather did turn rather dull mid-morning and we were afraid our walk might be spoiled by heavy rain; we decided to risk it and were lucky enough to avoid the rain - it started raining as we were driving home, after a lovely walk, an equally enjoyable lunch and another "blow" by the lake, before we headed back to the car.
A little photo album:
The lake at the Country Park. Even on a dull day, it looks quite lovely.
The river flows past the country park also and you can walk along its banks.
Dave and James rambling about on the lake shore. James found a stick - as usual! (he put it back where he found it, on the way back)
The Country Park office sells bags of grain, that you can feed to the water birds. James still enjoys doing this and found quite a few "friends" today!
Father and Son - see how big James is getting?
We also saw quite a lot of wildlife and plant life on our walk:
The bee looked as if he'd rather have stayed in bed today - too cold. This robin had a beak full of insects - we could hear his babies in the nearby hedges, squeaking for their food.
The nest is a left-over from last year - it would have been well covered by leaves and greenery, which are only just returning now. I should think its erstwhile owners are busy building a new one just now!
There was a lot of fungus growing all over the tree, in these sort of overlapping scales.
The willow trees are beginning to sprout leaves and there are catkins everywhere. Quite a lot of teazels, bullrushes and reeds are left over from the winter, but the new ones will be growing soon.
I found a patch of primroses, nestling under some trees and a cowslip coming into bloom. There will soon be a big variety of wildflowers blooming, but it's quite exposed by the lake, so only the very brave and hardy are out just yet! The hedges are also beginning to flower - the May Blossom (Blackthorn) is out, but I forgot to photograph it!
We had been admiring various pieces of wood sculpture, dotted around the lake and car park area. We came upon the wood carver's yard, with the carver himself, hard at work.
A Giant Tortoise, an Owl...
...a squirrel, a badger...
...hedgehog, barn owl...
a leveret (or rabbit?), a grass snake...
and a dog named Danny - presumably someone's pet.
We had a lovely time today and I do think it's blown away most of the cobwebs. It's still rather dull and rainy, but I certainly feel more awake than I have for days - James seems more lively too. It was definitely worth making the effort to get out into the fresh air and countryside.
But this is what Sherlock did while we were out!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Easter! We have the family coming over tomorrow, so it will be a busy day.