Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Otterhead Lakes ...

What a glorious day Saturday was - surely the weather in January wouldn't hold out for the whole weekend - would it? Remarkably it did!
So where to go on such a fine Sunday morning - out came the maps to look for somewhere new to take the dogs for their usual long Sunday walk! We found just the place - Otterhead Lakes!
We also packed some sandwiches and fruit as we were going to dine al fresco!
Although this place is only a short distance from our bolt-hole in Devon it took us rather longer to get there than anticipated - hubby trusted me to read the map! I don't think he'll do that again in a hurry!

Anyhow, we finally arrived and a short while into the walk we were gobsmacked to see how many snowdrops there were - covering the ground like a thick white carpet.

I love snowdrops with their delicate bonneted heads!

We came to the lakes! We saw a black swan and some ducks! You can just about see the black swan through the arch of the bridge!

We followed the path which was quite muddy in places! George, our spaniel loved it! Charlie, not so much! He doesn't do mud! It's quite funny watching him when he approaches puddles and mud - you can almost see his brain thinking through the best way to avoid getting ones paws wet / dirty!

Some tree branches were covered in a thick covering of moss - it made the woods feel enchanting!

A closer look at the mossy stuff!

We saw swans gliding by through a narrow channel of water!

We saw some trees silhouetted against the sky!

And plenty of this green plant! Is it pennywort?

We came across this teepee type structure!

And someone thought that it would be nice to picnic here! The only drawback there was nowhere to sit!

We found a few logs which weren't wet and sat down to our outdoor meal in January!
We tied the dogs up by their leads - otherwise they would have pestered us constantly for food!
Charlie's face says it all "They're eating and I can't get to it! Life's not fair!"

"You miserable lot - eating! Do you know what torture is! There must be a law against this sort of thing!"

Look how blue the sky was!

Playing with twigs!

Miss. K. in her Birthday present jeans and wearing that scarf I knitted her for Christmas.
It has had many admiring remarks and I've lost the pattern! Just when I was thinking of doing another one!

Back to those gorgeous snowdrops!

All too soon it was time to leave.
Back to our base in Devon to pack our bags and to head back onto the A303 to Hampshire!
Back to work and household clutter!
I have a mountain of washing and ironing to see to!
Be back soon!



  1. Lovely photographs - especially the snowdrops and swans.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. Hi June,
    What gorgeous pictures! I agree with you. I think that Spring will come earlier this year.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. And for the following. Be sure I will be following you back. :)

    1. It looks like a wonderful walk - the snowdrops are lovely; I haven't seen any yet this year. The close-up of the moss is fascinating. And what could the Teepee thing be all about? x Cathy

  3. June, thanks for persevering in leaving us a comment.
    Your post here has to be one of my all time favourites, the young star and her lovely expressions, Nature captured in all her glory (oh I love Devon), the delightful dogs and simply it all. Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

  4. Your photos are absolutely glorious! The dogs made me smile...I wish Bella would avoid the mud.She dives in at every opportunity! :0)

  5. Looked a great day out - blue skies too!
    Charlie sounds like our Logan - he picks his way around puddles and mud too!
    Lovely to see all those snowdrops.

    Gill xx

  6. Superb photos. I always intend to go on a snowdrop walk but never get round to it. This place looks wonderful for a walk & winter picnic !


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