I don't seem to have read so many books recently partly because for a variety of reasons I am not sleeping well recently and am too tired to read! but also because I have a backlog of magazines to catch up on!
Another Shire Book - this time on Rood Screens. An interesting book on a feature in churches I am often guilty of ignoring.
The next Miss Marple book - really a series of separate short stories but light and easy reading.
The next in the Jackman and Evans series - this was a good gripping book with a lot of twists and turns.
The next Cooper and Fry. Gosh this book had shock ending. I won't reveal more in case people haven't yet read the book but I actually said "oh no" out loud at the end.
D made this lovely moist courgette and walnut loaf recently from homegrown courgettes.
More vegetables from the garden which
were used for Vegetable Couscous.
I didn't go but B, D and E went to see the bull from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony which was on display in Birmingham City Centre. To be honest I am glad I didn't visit as the place from D's photos was heaving with people.
This is something else I didn't go to but I thought you might like to see the photos.
Again I think it is connected with the recent Commonwealth Games. A City Centre garden has been created, full of colour and nature, in Victoria Square. It contains giant architectural trees and thousands of plants.
It is a celebration of colour, beauty and nature diversity. It tells story of the origin of plant species - many of our garden flower species did not originate in the UK.
Walk Around Historic Parkland
Occasionally D and I go for a walk around historic parkland in Solihull. I don't usually take my camera so I haven't mentioned it before but on last week's walk I did take it.
It consists of 30 acres of parkland which is part of the wider Castle Bromwich Conservation Area. Historically the parkland was part of the Earl of Bradford's estate. The last resident of Castle Bromwich Hall was Lady Ida Bradford (1848-1956), widow of George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford.
The hall has now been restored and is now a hotel. The gardens to the hall are run by the Castle Bromwich Gardens Trust. A "Claire Voie" in the wall of the gardens reveals a view of the West Avenue of Trees from the hall towards what is today the centre of Birmingham. Years ago I used to visit the gardens a lot and did many posts on them - I am not sure if anyone has been reading my blog long enough to recall them.
The parkland is known locally as "Lady Bradford's".
Today the parkland contains:
- The Cow Pasture where cows were once grazed.
- The West Avenue replanted in 1895 after a storm destroyed the trees.
- Acid Grassland.
- Dog Kennel Pond
- Wood and Wetland Trail.
- Hedgerow and Holloway.
- Wetland with reeds.
A wasp nest
It is a lovely area to walk and blissfully free of people. You could be in the middle of the countryside if it wasn't for the roar of the traffic from the nearby M6.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
Photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera and the ones marked *D taken by my son. (I don't rate most of my photos but if ever anyone wants to use one I would be grateful for an email first - thank you).