Not many orchids in the heathland and the bog

Living close to the heathland and Folly Bog means I regularly investigate the flora. At the end of April, during a dry spell, I looked for evidence of orchids, and found the leaves emerging of just one. It was only yesterday that I got a chance to visit the heathland tracks and Folly Bog again for evidence of orchids.

Some success, I found a few early marsh orchids in Folly Bog, while also just a few heath spotted orchids alongside the edge of the heathland track. The flowering season for these wild orchids begins in May, and is best in June , July and August. Therefore I’d expected to see orchids, perhaps not in full bloom, but certainly showing signs of growth. I didn’t see many signs of orchids. I wonder if the cold weather earlier in the year has delayed their appearance.

I’ll just have to return to the bog and track side to check on their arrival – hopefully abundant as in previous years. In 2016 and 2017 they were plenty of orchids in bloom at the end of May. To learn of my travails in identifying orchids, type orchids into the search box. There’s plenty to read.

Thought you might like to see what I found. Later, I’ll draw a map of the area to show the best places to see the different flora.

The peaceful charm of Buckler’s Hard on the River Beaulieu

Yes, yes, I know we missed watching the royal wedding, but you can’t waste a sunny day, can you.

With the weather forecast set fair for last Saturday we planned an adventure to visit Buckler’s Hard on the River Beaulieu, a river cruise, and then to walk to Beaulieu village for a late lunch.

The walk from Buckler’s Hard to Beaulieu was a delightful peaceful walk along the river bank. The walk was a little over 2 miles, and further than we anticipated for a sunny day, and then, of course, we had to walk back. However, we had the benefit of a Montagu Arms lunch. Here’s a photo brief montage of the day.

Happy are we that the royal wedding ran without a hitch

My neighbours were among the crowd of wedding well wishers on the Royal Mile in Windsor Great Park. Their report was one of a joyful day.

Weddings, of all kinds, are wonderful things. What every bride wishes for is the sun to shine, and everything to go without a hitch. For royal weddings, the nation wants both of those, and it makes us all happy when it is so.

I’m sure security was strict in Windsor. That it was must surely have benefited the occasion, to the great relief of one and all.

The Wheatsheaf pub in Heatherside, Camberley gains Grade II lising

The BBC reports that,

Five English pubs built after the Second World War have been given Grade II listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

One of the five is The Wheatsheaf in Heatherside in Camberley. In the pub’s website they say it “was designed by a church architect, and as a result looks a lot like a church itself!”. It certainly looks like it too.

The recognition of the design of the pub and its architectural value by the government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport, helps me in my project to get places in Lightwater and elsewhere in the Borough added to the Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Local Heritage Assets.

The Wheatsheaf isn’t on the Counci’ls list.

Hat Tip: The Wheatsheaf website for the image.

Mark Williams’ On The Rails Episode 6: Death on the Tracks

Continuing with my Friday episodes from Mark Williams Discovery TV channel programme, On The Rails, where he looks at the 200 years of Railways.

In episode 6 Mark climbs inside boilers, revisits the site of early train disasters and examines gadgets that helped reduce rail fatalities.