Safari Sunday – Visit

With the forecast for the weekend being pleasant, I decided we’d have a last visit to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire… It’s unlikely we’ll have nice weather again to visit so I wanted to take the chance when I could. (As it happens, Pete’s decided we’ll go back on Friday if it’s nice. We’ve got a few days off for my bday).

It was a glorious day with beautiful clear skies and a pleasant warming sun; it was cooler in the shade but I went prepared with a scarf and thickish coat.

Things started out well as we arrived… this amazingly gorgeous golden tree… Oh yes, photos with my phone again. I do have camera shots too that I might post some time.
Plus there were pretty little sneaky views of the Chapel.

First stop was for a cup of tea; Pete worked an early morning yesterday so I usually try to stay in on a Sunday and give him a lie-in. However we had to set off early to get to Clumber before it was too busy. Tea and Coffee was definitely much needed. Plus they had some lovely Victoria sponge om nom nom.

Because we arrived early, it was generally quiet with relatively few screaming children… it was nice and serene…

Of course I can’t miss out a shot of the chapel… I’m pretty certain I take the exact same photos every time… I need to take a different route around the lake next time!

In all, an enjoyable couple of hours was spent in the park. Compared to our last failed attempt where we hit fog and grey skies just as we came into Worksop. Hung around for an hour and then went home.

I ought to have gone to visit my parents on the way home… we were starving though and wanted to get home, plus I’ll see them sometime during the week for my birthday… On the way home we suddenly hit traffic at a notorious cross roads on the A57… I assumed there had been an accident.
No.
Turns out the lights were out.

Oh.My.God.

Of all the junctions you don’t want the lights to be out on, it’s this one at Todwick. Yes I was shaking when I finally got out and for most of the way home. As we left, an ambulance screamed past – I wouldn’t be surprised if there had been an accident shortly after. It really is terrible.

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11 thoughts on “Safari Sunday – Visit

  1. It looks like a lovely day for a walk at Clumber Park, with the bright blue sky. That blue set off the architecture and trees. The ones with bare branches make wonderful frames around the path and the other trees.

    • Hi NS,

      Indeed; it was a very nice day…More so purely because it’s nice to be able to get out and about. But yes, I do love having branches against the sky; will take some more similar photos over the coming weeks/months.

  2. It looks as though you had a wonderful day with lovely weather, best to make the most of every opportunity at this time of year. So glad you got safely home and ” Happy Birthday” wishes for later in the week!

    • Hi Pauline,

      Exactly Pauline! Make the best of it and it’s so unusual to have any sort of nice weather around now. Normally I can guarantee my birthday is horrible. Or if I have sun, it’s freezing. But last year it was very warm on my birthday – the first time I’ve been warm enough to actually sweat! And the forecast is for similar weather as today so I’m hopeful it’ll be OK.

  3. Lovely photos. Glad you managed to get a good day at Clumber after your foggy visit before.
    I don’t like crossing Todwick junction when the lights are working, so I know how scary that must have been.

    • Hi Crystal,

      I usually go along Todwick road from my parents, rather than through Anston because the cross roads there are also a nightmare to turn right at and is midly out of my way. But after today I’m thinking it might be worthwhile Especially until they finish the by-pass which should hopefully cut out those cross-roads as well as the deadly corner where people are always crashing.

      If only I hadn’t gone to wash my car in Dinnington, I would’ve gone along the A57 from Worksop and not had to turn at the crossroads.

    • Hi Patricia,

      Sadly no I didn’t see the Eagle Owl; I think there was also one hanging around not far away in Harthill… Haven’t heard any reports since then actually!

      I always try to go nice and early to Clumber, because any other time is a nightmare. Plus, as I’m travelling from Sheffield I don’t like to leave too late, so that I still have a relaxing afternoon/evening or can visit my parents after.

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