You might see weeds, but I see wild flowers

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Our regular walk at autumn time

It really is a great time of the year, with all the trees wearing their autumn colours.

First though, an update on the building work at the start of our walk.

What was once a field of wild flowers, shrubs and a few trees, has been earmarked for a primary school. It's been interesting watching the progress of the work as we've passed by on our walks.
It had all seemed like organised chaos for a while, with diggers scooping up mounds of earth, dumping it in places, then moving it again, scraping out and levelling off areas;

but it now seems to be taking shape.

At the moment, the car park is very visible, levelled off, and awaiting the hard surface to be laid. I'm told by one of the workmen that an area is set aside for a school field, and today, very visible, was the foundation work for the actual school building.

A shame a 'wild' area has been lost forever, but hopefully some plant life, bushes and trees will be put back when it's all finished.

As we make our way past all this building work, we eventually reach some open areas where Whisky can lose his lead, and have some freedom to run, free from any traffic.
And just now, the trees are looking spectacular, especially in the sunlight.

Part of Walton

Walton has a lake with a couple of screens erected by the Parks Trust, so that any waterfowl can be observed without disturbing it.

Sadly, they've not bothered to keep up the maintenance at the moment, so not much can be seen.

Screen 1

The screen

The view

Screen 2

The screen

The view

I guess mowing grass and chopping down shrubs is an easier option.

Not sure why this destruction is necessary this time of the year. 

I'm afraid any faith I had in the Parks Trust is fast disappearing.

If we take the long walk, like today, we pass through Walton alongside the river Ouzell, The Open University, and on towards Simpson.

The autumn colours are looking great.

At one field, used for grazing cows or sheep, (but not today), a gaggle of Greylag Geese drop in, to graze.

Onward, towards the top end of the north lake of Caldecotte.

Well, at least the Parks Trust make an effort with the signage. 

Alongside the river Ouzell we find a Grey Heron.

A brief walk past the wall of the dam, that has a few Black-headed Gulls sunning themselves, and then it's back towards home.

An old disused side road has some interesting plants and shrubs through the year, and today it is the turn of the trees to shine.

From here it's not too far to home. A short detour will take us towards the Open University main entrance, and a stunning tree lined road.

I wonder just how many visitors actually see and appreciate the beauty here.



  1. Nice, the video, there are a bar-headed Goose, a cross bred, and there is Canada Goose, both flew in with the greylag geese, beautiful.

  2. Thanks Bob. I love the sound of the geese when they fly in.