We got back yesterday from a wonderful weekend away with our son and dil in London. The sun was lovely there and the wind seemed to be easing, not so bitterly cold, thank goodness. Making the most of the milder weather we went for a walk around the lake at Rickmansworth Aquadrome and Nature Reserve and were greeted by the local inhabitants.
Families are still together from last year, this group had a couple of youngsters still with them, but Dad will soon chase them away once new cygnets arrive
This one was rather hopeful, coming to see if we had any food, sorry, we didn’t.
We also saw quite a few Pochards, Coots, Moorhens and Canada Geese.
We found just a few very cold looking daffodils, shivering in the wind, not much shelter at this point.
No, I don’t think these are dandelions, I think Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara. In medieval times it was used widely as a cure for coughs.
Elderberry bushes were sprouting new growth, I don’t know if these would turn green or not, but others….
…..are starting out green. After such a long, cold winter it was wonderful to see lots of new growth.
There were plenty of Hazel catkins waving in the wind, a sure sign of spring.
This is where we had been, a super place for local families to have a walk, for dog walkers, joggers and elderly men to race their remote controlled yachts!
When we got home yesterday evening and were driving up our short access road, there on the field was the white pheasant that I have mentioned in previous posts. I have tried to photograph it on other occasions, but it has just been a tiny white dot on the other side of the field. I couldn’t believe it when we came around the corner and there it was, so close to the fence and it turns out to be a female, not the male that we thought. She was with a male and about 6 other females and didn’t seem bothered by the car. What a perfect ending to a lovely weekend, fantastic!