Thursday March 18th 2021 – Attentive readers will remember back six weeks or so I noted the camellia I’d found in a neglected front garden in Darlaston.… Read more “#365daysofbiking Worth the wait”
#365daysofbiking Lupin around the canals
May 11h – One seasonal regular I love to see is the flowering of the lupins on the canal at Clayhanger Bridge. These elegant, beautifully coloured flowers… Read more “#365daysofbiking Lupin around the canals”
#365daysofbiking A small bimble
October 2nd – I was recovering after the hospital appointment, but fresh air called and I took a spin out in the afternoon, enjoying the sun for… Read more “#365daysofbiking A small bimble”
September 28th – Out in the afternoon for an errand in Lichfield, and I noticed that the deer had trampled a gap in the hedge near Home… Read more “#365daysofbiking Heliophile”
#365daysofbiking An Indian summer lover
September 18th -The unusually fine, warm autumn weather meant probably the last public appearance for Mr. Miyagi, the local feral yellowfins belly slider turtle who lives in… Read more “#365daysofbiking An Indian summer lover”
#365daysofbiking Sun worshiper
September 10th – The weather is generally agreeable and warm at the moment, and there’s no finer indicator of than than passing on the way to work… Read more “#365daysofbiking Sun worshiper”
#365daysofbiking Slider rule
August 27th – Oh gosh, a local celebrity. On the half-shell. This yellow belly slider turtle has been living in the canal for years – I’ve seen… Read more “#365daysofbiking Slider rule”
September 6th – Spotted late on a grey afternoon, just on the canal near Clayhanger.
A fox trots purposefully, but unconcerned down the canal towpath, nearly on a mission but not in the slightest bit bothered he might be seen.
July 24th – Also coming on to show well right now are the rosehips – the fruit of the rose flower, either the dog rose, or the feral scopes that dot the hedgerows, canal towpaths and footpaths of the area.
I love the variety of textures, colours and shapes.
They bring a second splash of welcome colour when the rose flowers themselves have decayed for another year…
May 22nd – Turtally awesome!
Spotted at James Bridge, on the canal between Pleck and Darlaston on a bright, warm, sunny day, a female, adult yellow-bellied slider turtle drifting down the canal on some drifting detritus while basking in the sun.
She was probably released into the canal by some idiot who couldn’t keep her any longer having no idea of the size she’d grow to be. Fortunately, this animals will live happily (but not breed) in the UK climate.
This is the urban Black Country, post industrial, inner city in 2018. We have non-native turtles drifting on the cut, enjoying the sun.
Just one of the many reasons I love this place with all my heart. There really is something new every day.