Between Showers in Walsall Arboretum

With such a dramatic weather change (coinciding with my week of annual leave!), I’ve been in the house or greenhouse all week. But this afternoon, in between rain showers, we walked Ollie in Walsall Arboretum – and having benefitted from days of refreshing rainfall, the trees and shrubs are just stunning…

It was very quiet today, in contrast to last week’s warm and sunny weather and reports of people meeting and gathering contrary to government advice on social distancing. There was no sign of any such problem today, a few of us were walking our dogs or taking daily exercise and all were behaving civilly and responsibly. We had a lovely peaceful walk amongst the trees, taking heed of the plethora of colour and of course – harmonious birdsong.

This fabulous tree is in full flight right now – I don’t know what it is, any suggestions?

The trees must have welcomed a good soaking after weeks of arid weather, but although sunny days were of great relief to us all given the current catastrophe, there are benefits of a cooler, damper front – freshly scented air and vibrant early colour – such a pleasure!

I love this part of the walk around the lake – so peaceful (until Ollie spots a squirrel of course!). We’ve been exploring different walks over the last few weeks and have found so many beautiful places right on our doorstep; but a walk in the Arboretum always equates to coming home – familiar and much loved.

6 thoughts on “Between Showers in Walsall Arboretum

    • Phao Hewitson says:

      The local council did close it for two days due to some irresponsible behaviour, but reopened with additional measures. Unfortunately, there’s always going to be a minority who’ll spoil things for the majority – we’re just pleased the council saw sense. Let’s just hope a solution is found for this terrible situation as soon as possible


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