We are lucky to have a lot of pretty country lanes and bridlepaths around us. They are enjoyed by many walkers, runners, cyclists and horseriders. They are also a vital link for farmers to reach their fields.
An increasing problem on many of these lanes is fly tipping
It is becoming a regular occurence to find sights like this on our beautiful lanes. General opinion seems to be that the problem is exacebated by the strict rules at local council sights not allowing any commercial vehicles to tip. The council then have to spend money eventually sending out a lorry to remove all this debris. Not that that gives anyone the excuse to treat our countryside like this.
There has even been flytipping in the middle of some of the small roads causing cars to have to reverse back out of the lanes.
Please think carefully who you ask to take your rubbish away!
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Today I visited mum and dad again mainly to say goodbye to Julie before she returns to the USA.
The next time I see Julie will be when Emma and I visit her in the summer. We have our guidebooks at the ready......
Monday, 28 April 2014
The Easter Cakes (or Easter biscuits as Emma insisted on calling them when she had given up cakes for Lent!) are almost all gone.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
After Sunday lunch I decided to go down between showers to the woods to see how the bluebells were coming on. The wild garlic which dominates the top part of the wood was barely out.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
I stopped on the return from visiting mum and dad to see the evening light on the lake.
Friday, 25 April 2014
My walking group "Walk and Talk" meet once a month. Today we met at Frampton On Severn which is reputed to have the longest village green. It is indeed very long with several ponds along it. A swan was patiently sitting on her carefully made nest.
There was an alternative bird in one of the beautiful gardens.
At the end of the green there is a Lych gate that leads through an avenue of Horse Chestnuts to the church several hundred yards on.
This blossom was growing in the churchyard.
We have been unlucky with heavy rain on our last 3 walks. Today was no exception with the rain getting steadily worse as we walked around the lake.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The marmalade was tested at breakfast. It has a good flavour but I fear there maybe some complaints about the large lumps.
Elder daughter went to work the day on another farm today. Her dog Sky spent a lot of the day at the end of the garden waiting patiently for her return.
Lambing is now nearly at an end for this year and most of the sheep are now out in the fields.
There are a few stragglers plus the pet lambs left in the shed.
The pet lambs have their "shepherdess" as their replacement mum.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Younger daughter went back to school today so I set to making marmalade. I had some grapefruit I had been given so chose a Three Fruit Marmalade
Having had complaints from my dad last time that there were too many large chunks I took care to cut the peel finer.
Let's hope he doesn't find them too long!
Making marmalade always takes longer than I expect
I was however pleased with the final result. It is not as dark as it looks!
I was also pleased to see the return of one of our cats Tiggy. He had not been seen for about 5 days but was today happily asleep in the conservatory.
He frequently disappears for days on end. We have not been able to work out whether he goes hunting or is a "Six Dinner Sid" with a second home!