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Summer by the Sea

Summer's splendor by the sea,
a gentle, blue serenity.
Caressing rays of golden sun,
blushing, bronzing all who come.

Extract from Summer's Splendor By The Sea
© Patricia L. Cisco Published: May 2018


A great year for wild flowers

Saroj flowers 1907-1 Saroj has been out and about again and spotted Saroj flowers 1907-2 these wonderful wild flowers.
In her own words 'Luton has a lot of wild flowers on the central Reserve of A505 so I stopped over to take some photos'. Who would have thought !

NOTE - U3A recommends taking care when snapping snaps.

And what about the wonderful table decorations by our newly formed Gardening group for the July summer social. An excellent way to cheer up the tables - an extra flourish while we were taken along memory lane by the Ukulele group with hits from our youth.


How many insects can you get on the head of a flower

A reconnoitre of a trail through the Beds country side for the Walking group July walk 1 Marian and I were impressed by the effectiveness July walk 4 of the wildlife strips that had been left by the farmer. We were able (just) to resist running through the fields of wheat and barley. Instead we admired from the side-lines the impact of the splashes of vivid colour provided by the poppies.

July walk 2 We are all becoming increasingly aware of the July walk 3 importance of these wildflower habitats for encouraging, in particular, pollinating insects. Marian spotted several beautiful iridescent beetles. Then we found what appeared to be a challenge for the world record of the number of insects gathered ............................... on a single flower head. Quite magic.

And well done to the farmer for actively supporting this vital service to the wildlife community.

Angela's Amazing Adventures - Chartwell Chartwell 2019 4

Chartwell 2019 5 The home of the great man himself. And what a setting to relax from the horror of war - a beautiful house in a fabulous setting.
Just a short walk from the house and we find Churchill must have had Chartwell 2019 2 the biggest man-shed ever - which he branded his studio (it does sound Chartwell 2019 1 better). The views across the grounds would be an inspiration to any artist.
And the weather played its part to prove the old Chartwell 2019 3 adage - it's never the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes. For some, they were outside when it was sunny and inside when it rained - for others the opposite. Not to be deterred a walk around the grounds provided new viewpoints and the eponymous black swans.

Another excellent day.


If you go down to the woods today .....

Wind in the Willows 2 Saroj has been venturing out into the wild again seeking Wind in the Willows 1 out the unusual.
This time she has found Kenneth Graham's Wind in the Willows at Radwell Meadow, in the children's park at Nortonbury end.
....................................I think if I were small I might want to be holding Nan's hand.


Bird Group Views - is this a record

On their last outing for the year the number of birds spotted by the group reached an amazing 21. Who would have thought so many species would be around on our own local Ickleford riverside. So next time you are out and about don't keep your head down but look around to see the joys of the local wildlife.

The full list of birds : Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Little Egret, Goldcrest, Black headed Gull, Lesser black backed Gull, Red Kite, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Robin, Rock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail,Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Wood Pigeon and last and possibly least. the wonderful Wren.

What a haul !