The caravan park in Herefordshire finally re-opened last Monday so on Tuesday we drove down to spend three nights at the static caravan. It was good to be back after five and a half months without a visit. Normally they would re-open at the beginning of March.
After unpacking we drove to Leominster for a click and collect food shop at Morrisons. I was amazed at how easy it all was. You park in an allocated bay, tell them by phone you have arrived and they bring the shopping out in trays and then disappear while you pack it into your own bags and then fetch the trays after you have left.
Timothy on the journey.
The tree I was watching last year from the caravan.
Timothy glad to be back!
B took some cuttings from plants in the garden at home to put in the small garden area in Herefordshire.
Hyacinths we planted last year are now flowering.
Bird feeders filled. We didn't see as many birds as last Autumn and no Nuthatch but there are pheasants around. We have some trail cam footage which I will try and put on here if I can work out how! On Friday morning B saw a Tree Creeper and Willow/Chiff nearby.
I found this little plant growing by the caravan in a crack between paving slabs. I tried to identify without success so put it on twitter during #wildflowerhourid. It appears it is New Zealand Bittercress Cardamine corymbosa. A non native and horticultural contaminant!
On Wednesday afternoon we returned to Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum which we visited last autumn. It was once part of a huge oak wood that stretched all the way to the Welsh Borders and into Wales. It consists of 123 acres of ancient native woodland which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in association with Leaf Sustainable Development. There is also an arboretum with over 1200 species of rare and exotic plants from around the world.
It was a joy to see so many wild flowers - there were Primroses and Wood Anemones galore plus Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower, Dog's Mercury, Lesser Celandine and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage.
We followed the Gruffalo Trail again but in a different direction this time. It was quite busy there as it is still the school Easter holidays but there are so many paths and trails it is easy to keep away from people.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
Photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.