6 May 2017

Encore

Yesterday was a lovely day. Shirley was going shopping in Leeds with a friend so I  decided to drive out into Derbyshire specifically to take photographs of the bluebells in Lindop Wood. It is just south of the hamlet of Calton Lees on the Chatsworth Estate.

I discovered Lindop Wood's bluebells four or five years back when I was rambling in the area without a camera. Having very recently seen the bluebells in Sheffield's ancient Ecclesall Woods, I guessed correctly that they would also be out in Derbyshire.
You have to catch bluebells when they are blooming and that period of time doesn't last for long - two weeks at most. If you miss them you have to wait another year.

With my bad knee and a chest infection, I have not been feeling too well of late. But the walk to Lindop Wood and back to the car would be a under a mile. I could surely cope with that. 

I also took a few pictures of an old, open-sided barn and the cows that were loitering there waiting to be milked. And a few more pictures in Calton Lees itself. The blue paint indicates that the cottage belongs to Chatsworth House - ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire.

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  1. You caught some great light in your bluebell photo.

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    1. Nice that you are the first commenter today Red. Another encouraging comment from you. Thanks.

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  2. The bluebells are simply gorgeous. I am partial to blue and purple shades in nature, so I'm appreciating your bluebell shots very much. I notice you were very bravely up next to the cow seeing as there was a fence between you two :)

    I hope you feel much better soon.

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    1. That's not a fence Jenny. It's a drystone wall. As you can see from Daisy's eyes, she was more afraid of the barve cameraman that he was of her. No camera shake there!

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    2. Fence ... wall ... they're both barriers between you and the cow :)

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  3. I'm sorry you're feeling bad. I hope the knee and the chest infection both start to improve soon!

    The bluebells are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. The bluebells lift my spirits. I am off to the football match in Hull later on today even though I am still far from 100%.

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  4. We have a few bluebells and some that look just like them, but are sort of pinky purple. No doubt started by the Halsea family that homesteaded our place back in the late 1800s. Did the cow yell PEEKABOO! at you?

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    1. I felt a but sorry for that cow. She had a bit of an eye infection and flies were driving her mad. Halsea? That's an unusual name. I wonder where it came from.

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  5. A chest infection and a bad knee!! Hope the sunshine on your walk helped to cheer you up. A different view of a black beast.

    Alphie

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    1. If there was a caption competition I wonder what you would write beneath the black beast Alphie?

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  6. Already a few posts ago, I was meaning to ask how you (i.e. your knee) were doing, but always got distracted as soon as I started typing a comment. Sorry!
    These are great pictures, as always, and I am glad you were able to go for that walk on such a gorgeous day. If I had the choice between shopping in Leeds and exploring bluebell-carpetede woods...!

    Interesting detail about the blue paint.

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    1. Whenever I spot that shade of blue I know that the property concerned belongs to Chatsworth.

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  7. I do love those bluebells - such a vivid blue YP and I must say I love that cow peeping over the wall at you.
    Hope the chest is soon improved. You need some warm weather.

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    1. I am pleased you like that top picture Mrs W. I waited till the bluebells were in shade and sunshine was on the back trees. I think it brings out the blue more obviously.

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  8. Bluebells are out in our local wood too and I am lucky to have some in my garden that must have been seeded by birds, so I feel very privileged.

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    1. They are one of the treasures of Mother Nature in England.

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  9. Love that cow photo! I'm glad you got out to see more bluebells, but take care of that chest infection. They are NO fun.

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    1. If things aren't a lot better after this weekend I shall have to see the doctor.

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  10. I remember picking great armfuls (is that spelt correctly?)of those years ago, same with primroses, probably and quite rightly be frowned upon now.
    Hope the poorly leg and chest soon get better.
    Briony
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    1. You picked bluebells! Oh Good Lord! If you did it today you'd be clapped in irons Briony!

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  11. I hope you're feeling better real soon, Yorkie. Take good care.

    I particularly love the photo of the cow! :)

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    1. Thanks Lee. You're very kind. Well...sometimes!

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    2. I'm always kind!!!! But I won't be if I'm being accused of being otherwise!!!! :)

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    3. Ooops! I knew I should have kept my gob shut.

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  12. Love the cow pic. YP - another subject for a painting? The bluebells too would make an interesting subject.
    Have you seen the doctor about that knee yet? Hope the chest infection clears up soon.

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    1. I went to see the doctor and he referred me to physiotherapy but the first appointment I could have was in late May. Besides, I don't believe it's a physio issue. Thanks for asking CG.

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  13. Great photo of the bluebells. They are hard to capture blue enough to give them justice. I love them....and England in the Springtime !

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    1. You are right there Helen. When you see them it is a wondrous sight but very difficult to convey through photos.

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