In addition for the entire of this week has been the Hampton Court Flower show (under 2 miles from me) - which jams up the local roads with impunity! Nice! You begin to feel a prisoner in your own home and any journeys out need planning well in advance and leaving some considerable minutes earlier than one would normally. OK - bit of a rant, but over now!
So I went in the opposite direction and headed off for Black Pond on Esher Common to hunt for Dragons! But, the sun (which had shone brilliantly from early morning) decided to be shy and hid behind a cloud. No damsels or dragons for me today.
I wandered down the road a bit and went to (National Trust) Claremont Gardens for a wander. I was also feeling very hungry so had a sandwich (expensive!!!) and a drink in their cafe.
Claremont has a large lake and today a company specializing in Wetland maintanence was clearing vast amounts of blanket week! The smell assailed the nostrils - not particularly pleasant. Claremont has a mixture of captive water fowl and wild ones. Just a selection from today - the sun? Well it peeped out occasionally but that's the best that can be said!
Other than the captive birds, and a some wild ones (including large amounts of Canada Geese and Greylags), it was very quiet - well that's about right for this time of the year. Very few flutters and one dragon right out in the middle of the lake.
The resident Emperor Geese
Whilst this male Mallard is going into eclipse and losing its brilliant emerald green head feathers.
and finally - a picture taken from above the grass Amphitheatre of a beautiful cedar - which is enormous!
So finally off home via the supermarket and then to school.
A pleasant wander albeit under grey skies!