Yesterday, despite the very cool and misty start to the day, a friend of mine and I went to Polesden Lacey.
We walked well away from the formal part of the garden and walked down the hill and through farm and woodland. Obviously once you've gone down you have to come up again but it was really great cardiovascular exercise!
Walking through the woods, apart from the normal suspects, we came across a Treecreer. Down by one of the farms, a Green Woodpecker bounded away whilst we watched a Wren popping in and out of the reeds next to a small pond.
We then fortified ourselves with a sandwich and drink before wandering around near the house and finally heading off home.
About 1/3rd of the way around, we looked across to Polesden Lacey House which had been our starting point.
In a field, we espied this snail - I think the snail may have been out though.
It measure approximately 1.5 inches across (i.e. from left to right) and was considerably larger than most snails I've seen. Any ideas as to what it is?
Thanks to John and Graham's, suggestion it would appear to be a Roman Snail.
Equally we found this plant growing in the wilder parts. It looked rather like a Pulmonaria?
and thanks to Steve Gale for identifying this as Creeping Comfrey (Symphytum)
So that's two things I've learned today - ain't life grand! :D
This tree was about to blossom - no idea what it is.
And Aubretia tumbled down walls.
A Honey Bee was enjoying the Clematis
(if you click to enlarge you can see the large amounts of pollen it's gathered on both legs!)
Ceonothus basked in the sun along a wall of the house
and this pink blossum was a cheery sight against the, now, blue sky!
and Tulips rose proudly against the wall.
A great walk in lovely company; thank you I.
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