It's that 'limbo' time of year when the Christmas festivities, family gatherings and parties are making way for New Year celebrations.
The Wrekin Forest Volunteers celebrated Christmas in the time-honoured way by working! Meeting at Bowers Yard with 3 other volunteer groups totalling around 50 souls we were set the task of coppicing, building fires and cooking over nearly 100 sausages, burgers and spuds for the hungry throng!
Most of these establishments are now no more but the few that remain in the area are fine examples of Georgian rural architecture.
In the 18th and 19th centuries apart from boat building and boat repair work other industries thrived by the water's edge with Bowers Yard in fact having no less than 5 flourishing lime kilns the remains of some, with a little scrambling, are still to be seen. Part of our task today in fact was to remove unwanted scrub and trees not only allowing more light into this naturally dark and wooded area but to also make some of these industrial relics viewable to walkers on the footpath running alongside the river.
And so it was on a cold but otherwise dry day that we set to...
I'm indebted to Nigel this week for supplying some of the pics and most of the captions.
But not all of them...
It was Nige who supplied this pic of... of... well, what is it?
Actually, Nigel thinks he's cracked this; with due diligence he has discovered that it could well be our old favourite Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides). Personally, I'm not sure - I still think it's a slightly decomposed bilberry butty!
Les also contributed with a few pics so many thanks go to both!
Clearly it isn't!
Or is it?
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Lis was over the moon to win the last howler - no she was, honestly! She was beside herself with joy at hearing she was the first to spot that reference to the website 'Wild About Shropshire' should have been 'Wild About Britain' - the link for which could be seen in the sidebar of the main blog
Back to the plot
Spuds cooked in an open fire are just the most blissful and satisfying food available. I'd give up my portion of caviar and truffles for one anytime! As would many others it seems...
Anyway, my offering was somewhat more basic as being a newcomer to this auspicious event I hadn't fully grasped the concept that the offerings should be wildlife-edible or at least bio-degradable. Oh well, at least my tinsel bauble will still be there next year!
A cold day but I think we all managed to keep warm one way or another.
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