What Mary’s Doing This Week

Hola everyone! Happy Saturday, wherever you are in the world!

Sorry that Friday’s post is a day late.  Here’s what I’ve been up to!

The long Easter weekend continued with a Sunday trip to Sence Valley, which was once an opencast coal mine, a dark barren moonscape, before it was steadily transformed into a green oasis.

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Then on Monday, we went to Calke Abbey, a very old country estate with a wildlife reserve and lots of walks on site.  There are fallow deer and red deer in the nature reserve; I’d seen fallow deer before in zoos, but never red deer, which are huge.  We were walking around a bend under a low ridge when a red deer stag and his doe crested the hill, slowly grazing.  The stags start growing their antlers in spring, so this guy only had stumps on his head, but he was still gorgeous!

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The walk was absolutely beautiful.  It was very warm that day, and quite busy due to the bank holiday.  We didn’t go visit the abbey itself given the crowds, but we’re going to go back another day when it’s quiet!

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On Friday, I went with Jon’s parents to Staunton Harold to see the estate… the Garden Centre… The Gardeners’ Bothy,  and the Ferrers Centre which was full of so many lovely shops practically overflowing with beautiful art, crafts, and food.   Everything inspired me so much for art!  It briefly rained, but it was otherwise a beautiful golden day.

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Fish inside the garden centre’s aquarium section…

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These  blokes all came running up to me in the search for food! Sorry fellas, bread is bad for you!

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We parked right by the garden centre, and next to it was a sheep paddock full of new lambs.  Spring has sprung!

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The estate.

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The Ferrers Centre after everyone had cleared off the patio due to a rain shower…

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It’s so nice to get out and see this beautiful green world around me, full of hills and sheep-dotted fields and beautiful places to explore.

 

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