A Sunday Afternoon Walk

DSC_0238aThis afternoon we went on one of our favourite walks, starting in Bayhurst Wood Country Park in Ruislip and up through the fields towards Harefield.

DSC_0231We didn’t get as far as Harefield churchyard as we set off a bit too late to get there back in daylight.

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Above is one of my favourite plants – blackthorn. It looks stunning in blossom in spring, is a great habitat for all sorts of creatures for most of the year, provides food, in the form of sloes, in autumn and and has these gorgeous thorny, silvery stems in winter.

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The tree below is an oak I was thinking of choosing for Tree Following, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to commit to visiting it at the same time every month. It’s certainly one of my favourite trees and I look forward to seeing it whenever we do this walk. This is what it looked like today:

DSC_0247And here’s a photo of it from last April.

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I’m now thinking I would really enjoy following the oak through a year, so perhaps I’ll reconsider & maybe add it to my hawthorn…

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As we walked back down the hill towards Bayhurst Wood, we spotted this flock of 70-80 goldfinches (photo above) probably feeding on all the thistle seedheads.

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One Response to A Sunday Afternoon Walk

  1. It’s always nice to get out and about for a bit of fresh air isn’t it?

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