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Shillinglee Lake

It was very comfortable on the common. But, it was time to move on. Tacked down and all onboard, I pulled off and headed back the way we had come. At the end of the road, I turned left to continue on. In a few minutes, I pulled off of the road again and settled onto a wide verge opposite a farm with a sizeable duck pond.



Canada geese


Mallards


Down the side of the pond, steps lead down



pass the pond, marking the start of my walk.




The path lead pass the farmhouse and some old sheds.




Honeysuckle


Lawson Cypress


Oriental Plane


Elder


Bird’s-foot Trefoil


Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil


Baby Oak


Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill


The path leads up to a field of Wheat




Bramble


Long-leaf Dock



Spent flowers of Hawthorn


Field Briar


Hemlock Water-dropwort


Bee in Foxglove


Spanish Foxglove


Hedge Woundwort


Hedge of Ash


Soon, I was in the woods.





Very young Holly


Beech nuts



Tufted Vetch


I then passed by a field,



before entering a forest of Scots Pine.



Queen Anne’s Thistle


Yorkshire-fog


Field Sowthistle


Water Forget-me-not


Ribbon Grass


Ash


I eventually reached Shillinglee Lake. With all the hot dry weather of late, the lake was almost dry.




Dry sluice


False-stinking Chamomile


Groundsel


Mugwort


Daisies


There are a number of properties that look out over the lake.




Sage


Flower box


Green Alkanet


Meadow Barley


Portuguese Laurel



Rhododendron


Copper Beech



White Willow


Sweetgum


Cupressus macrocarpa


Onwards, I passed by another old building,



a roofless, doorless building with a derelict machine wheel



and the carcass of a small barn.




Meadow Vetchling


Common Knapweed


Meadow Foxtail




St. John’s Wort


Ash fruit


Marsh Arrow-grass


Lesser Stitchwort


Mammoth Clover


I reached a point, just before entering more woodland where there were a lot of Blue Damselflies.




Very young Birch



Pendulous Sedge


The footpath continued through Bracken,



then Stinging Nettles.



It was incredibly busy with an array of butterflies. Sadly, I couldn’t get any photographs.


Creeping Buttercup


Just beyond, I was startled by a buzzard as it took off from the undergrowth. It happened so suddenly that I couldn’t get a decent photo.


Germander Speedwell


Little Robin



Dog-rose


Cow Parsley


Perennial Honesty


French Rose


Common Spotted Orchid


Herb Robert


Norway Spruce


Finally, I came out back on Piper’s Lane, where I could see Black Down in the distance.



There was a lot of Broad-leaf Dock along the hedge.



Very soon, I was in sight of home.





That evening, I was treated to a lovely sunset.



It was very peaceful there. The road was even quieter than the common at Ebernoe. It was easy to forget that there is a world of hustle and bustle; of noise and the constant rat-race.


I can’t help but notice that this entry in particular has an awful lot of photos. Do you think that it’s too many? Please let me know how you are enjoying the blog, or not. It’s always good to receive feedback, good and bad. It’s a good guide! To be fair though, there was an awful lot to take photos of! Would you believe that what you have here was whittled down from over 170 shots!







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