Day 11 Visiting a Local Nature Reserve
As it has been such a tiring week, I left celebrations of the Queen's 90th Birthday and the anxious wait for England's first game in Euro 2016 to others. Instead, Mum and I visited Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve, which is run by Uckfield Town Council.
I love the way this reserve is snuggled into the bottom of the town, between Waitrose and the station. When I travel on the train, I often look over it to see what's happening.
|Sea of Hemlock Water Dropwort|
At this time of year, it is dominated by a sea of white flowers and the gentle hum of pollinators.
|One of many Honey Bees on the Hemlock Water Dropwort|
|Greater Tussock Sedge.|
|Flag Irises, sedge and other flowers.|
|Train going into Uckfield Station.|
|Sketch of view along path. The gate leads to Waitrose car park.|
|Watching the Bees and Hoverflies.|
|The Footballer (NOT!) - Hoverfly.|
As England's Euro 2016 campaign opens today, it is apt that one of the Hoverflies I saw appears to be wearing a striped jersey, like a footballer. After we left the nature reserve, it was a pleasure to see families playing and relaxing in Hempstead Fields. Some little ones were enjoying the new equipment at the top. One group was first persuaded to try the big slide by their parents and then couldn't be torn away from it. Sweetest of all was a tiny footballer who, far from being a boy in his favourite team's kit was a little girl in a pink dress with flowers on her shoes. Maybe one day, we'll see her playing for England.
Oh - and while I was writing this - the Red Arrows flew over. Happy Birthday Your Majesty!