Seven Day Nature Challenge : Day 6

My thanks to Terri, over at the Beespeak for inviting me to take part in this challenge.
This is my penultimate contribution, all of which I hope have been of interest.

As a kid, we had an orchard in the garden of the house my Dad built in 1965.
Hundreds of bluebells would come up under the trees every year, and being the volunteered-and-dreaded-no-one-else-wanted-to-be-it class flower monitor, I at last had something to take to school in my role.

Last year, Hubby took me here for a birthday drive.
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We literally turned a corner in the road, and there it was, the most fabulous Bluebell Wood. This simple sign requesting visitors to take care and keep to the pathways was sufficient to protect them for others to enjoy.
bluebell wood pls
I decided to post this as part of the challenge after listening to an article on Radio Four on Tuesday about the National Trust planning to charge visitors £3 to see their Bluebell Wood in Dockey Wood, Hertfordshire (source) over the first two weekends in May, one of which is a Bank Holiday.

Going back to my childhood and remembering that bluebells came up regardless of how many were picked and in greater numbers, then I imagine the Head Gardeners at Ashbridge Estate will have to destroy areas where these glorious flowers flourish to make room for their pathways and ‘monitored walkways’.
Either their previous signs weren’t big enough, were in the wrong place, or probably infrequently visible (probably hidden by taller bluebells).

As before, if you wish to take part in this challenge, post a nature picture every day for seven days, and invite someone to join in.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Seven Day Nature Challenge : Day 6

  1. Capt Jill says:

    those are beautiful pictures of the flowers, reminds me of Texas and our bluebonnets we get in the Spring.

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