Last Sunday we took a reverse route to last week’s walk to Bird’s Marsh.I haven’t gone back to see how far they have got with the ring road, as I’m waiting for a couple of months until we’ve foraged as much as we can whilst all the hedgerows are heaving.
All the fields that are rented for crops have now been harvested.The golden bales and wheat stumps look quite barren against the green landscape behind.
It’s hard to get a sense of how much land will be destroyed once the development goes ahead.I’m going to take photos from the top of the hill that you can see in the background where the row of houses are next week.I’m hoping it will give a better perspective and great views obviously.
Haws (Hawthorn berries) are ripe and ready for picking, along with rose hips.I’ve been making hedgerow jelly for Christmas hampers this week.I plan to make a Haw and Rose Hip jelly next as I like the lovely colours they both produce.There are still plenty of blackberries, the sloes are ‘purpling’ up nicely but the elderberries are being feasted on by the birds.I picked a few crab apples but they are really hard to get to as I’m only 4 ” 10.I have been given a tip from Liz of Me And My Shadow which I’ll be trying out this Sunday.I’ve also been inspired by Cat’s Apple Recipes.
It has become warmer than it has been recently, we seeked the cooling shade of the Bird’s Marsh woods as the sun shone down on us.We found by surprise a Ray Mears type shelter built for obvious over night sleeping.There was signs of a large fire near by and sadly litter too.Amongst the fallen acorns, Beech nuts, Hazelnuts and pine cones we found several mushrooms but they were a few days old and mostly eaten.I’m hoping they will be fresh ones when we visit another time and maybe a fairy ring.
The kids were very tired by the time we made our way back where we came, this photo was several times.Mouse wasn’t a happy little girl.
I’m amazed after a few visits how much my kids remember where to go and landmarks like trees hit by lightening, stiles, paths through to the den they made and which field leads closest to home.Bird’s Marsh is becoming a great way for us to get out as a family and with it within minutes from our home you can’t blame us.
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