Shipley Country Park - Snowdrops & Squirrels
w/e 19 February 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We went to several locations this week including the Nottingham Canal at Cossall and St Chad's Water at Church Wilne but it was back to the old favourite Shipley Country Park for this selection of images of squirrels and snowdrops.

Opposite The Gardens

All of the images are near the top of Shipley Hill and this one shows the bank opposite the building called "The Gardens" where the fallen leaves were interspersed with clumps of snowdrops.
Squirrel No. 1

At the bottom of the bank a squirrel plunged headfirst down a tree and disappeared in the leaves.
Shipley Lane

A little further along Shipley Lane the bank rises up to the top of the hill and here the green shoots of daffodils yet to flower provided accompaniment for the snowdrops.
Shipley Hill Wood

We climbed the hill into the wood on Shipley Hill and stopped several times to survey the carpet of snowdrops.
Water Tower

We made our way through the wood towards the site of the Hall passing the water tower that is been converted to a private residence on the way.
Squirrel No. 2

Another squirrel (among several others) was scampering about in the leaves.
Coach Road

After passing through the site of the former Hall we picked up the old Coach Road and more snowdrops.
Beggars Walk

The Coach Road passes the bank called Beggars Walk which once again was covered with snowdrops.

A close up shot of some of the snowdrops on Beggars Walk.
Derby Lodge

The road drops down the hill again to pass Derby Lodge where the Tea Rooms were doing a good trade during the school half term holiday. The garden at the Lodge was also full of snowdrops. It won't be long before the white of the snowdrops on Shipley Hill will be replaced by the yellow of daffodils and blue of bluebells. Spring is on the way.

For more about Shipley Hall, Beggars Walk, Derby Lodge and a whole lot more see Miller Mundy Memories.

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