On Saturday we headed home from Cambridge to Edinburgh, a hot day for a long train journey.
Thankfully we had planned to break our journey in Welwyn Garden City to have lunch with friends. As the weather was so lovely we had our drinks (elderflower cordial made from foraged elderflower) under an apple tree in the garden. Lunch was served in a shady spot in the garden. Lovely
After two lovely days exploring Cambridge we decided that we needed to escape the crowds and explore the wider area. On the advice of a local we decided to walk along the River Cam to Grantchester (thanks Celine, it was lovely).
We had spent the morning at the Polar Museum so our walk started at The Fen Causeway and then down to Sheep’s Green and Lammas Land where we joined the path along the Cam. First through woods, them some houses and onto Grantchester Meadows
Despite families picknicking and students cycling past we did spot some wildlife
On reaching Grantchester we headed for the Orchard Tea Garden for tea and cake under the trees, delicious.
Mr Lmrlib had spotted something intriguing on the Ordnance Survey map, a travelling telescope, so of course we had to continue our walk to find out what it is. I’m not really any the wiser except it’s something to do with the university and involves big dishes!
I did enjoy walking through the fields though, lots of wildflowers and butterflies
On our return journey it was good to see others out enjoying the river
After visiting Mr Lmrlib’s mum in Kent we had a short city break in Cambridge, not ideal for random acts of wildness. However I did spot a wildflower garden,
I added some nature books to my “want to read” list after our visit to Heffers bookshop.
And Cambridge is a very green city with lovely trees and flowers for me to photograph
Our last day visiting Mr Lmrlib’s mum and yes of course we took her out in the wheelchair again, lunch in the cricket pavilion and a visit to the church.
While we were at the church I spent some time in a quiet corner watching a bee fly from clover flower to clover flower. This is partly what persuaded me to not mow the lawn when I got home.
Back in Mr Lmrlib’s mum’s garden I managed to cover myself in nettle stings hanging out the washing. This led to some impromptu gardening
Another lovely sunny holiday day. Today we took Mr Lmrlib’s mum out to the supermarket and instead of taking the bus both ways Mr Lmrlib did a heroic job of pushing the wheelchair on the rough paths around Leybourne Lakes
Sadly the birds were all hiding from us but I did see a nice bee
And I think I deserve extra 30 Days Wild points for this huge insect bite!
I will catch up with the missing days when I get a chance to retrieve my photos from my camera, being away from home all week has meant no access to the laptop.
Today has mainly been spent in the garden, it’s amazing how much things have grown while I was away. Of course this includes the grass and the daisies, buttercups and clover in it. I really liked seeing the cheerful buttercups in the sunshine this morning so decided not to mow all the grass. I did mow the patch of grass I share with a neighbour and the back lawn so I can get to the washing line but I left the other lawn except for tidying the edges.
It’s still really quite short so I’ll be intrigued to see how it develops, there is a lot of moss in there too so I wonder how that will affect what happens next. Also hoping the clover will flower for the bees.
First of all the missing day 10 – well it included 1 bus, 3 trains and 2 taxis! And you’ve guessed, a day with that much travelling has no time for wildlife.
Day 11 has been spent visiting Mr Lmrlib’s mum and taking her out for lunch and look what we spotted on our way there this morning. A ginormous beetle crossing the pavement (£1 coin for scale), sadly I think it might nave been a bit squashed.
This evening we had time for a half hour stroll through the woods behind our hotel while it was still bright and sunny
And we found a surprise lake
We stood here for a while watching a swan family in the distance and lots of water boatmen on the lake surface.