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View from Two Greens

View from Two Greens

The Two Greens pub in Tettenhall (formerly the Rock) has good views looking towards Wolverhampton. Here, through a gap in the trees, Compton Park with the Wolves indoor training ground, before the land rises behind.

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White flowers: blackthorn

White flowers: blackthorn

It’s early spring, so the blackthorn bushes are putting out their flowers before there’s any sign of leaf. Hawthorns, meanwhile, are beginning to develop their leaves, which will be fully open before the flower buds even start to develop.

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White flowers: Danish scurvy grass

White flowers: Danish scurvy grass

Patches of tiny white flowers growing within inches of the road, Danish scurvy grass is a halophile (salt lover). It now grows where briny splashes from winter gritting land anywhere it can put down roots.

Up to the 1960s it was found in Britain, but only as a rare plant growing right by the sea. But gritting roads began to be done more systematically, and the slipstreams created in the growing of traffic helped spread the seeds of the plant, which is now common in early spring.

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Confident robin

Confident robin

During the first COVID lockdown, four (!) years ago, urban wildlife got much more confident. I took these pictures just a couple of weeks after the restrictions were brought in, but I’m just getting round to uploading them. This robin was getting ready to burst forth on a display song, undisturbed by me sitting just a few feet away in the spring sunshine.

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Yellow flowers: coltsfoots

Yellow flowers: coltsfoots

A front garden completely covered in tarmac, presumably aiming at the ultimate in low maintenance. If so, it hasn’t really worked. Each spring, the garden is dotted with coltsfoot flowers which have forced their way through.

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Fooling about

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Not sure exactly what’s meant to be going on here, but the monks seem to be fooling around with the great big bell. Doorknocker which was someone’s souvenir of a visit to Sherbourne, presumably.