Hubby took the week off work last week , so we could go out and about with the kids .
We are lucky to have lots of natural attractions locally, but tend to always go to the same places. We had , however been trying to make a list of new things to do and see. So , we decided to go to Chesterfield Canal last Monday , for a change .
We parked up at Tapton Lock , walked as far as we could one way and then returned for a picnic lunch before heading off in the opposite direction for a while .
To say how close it is to the centre of town , it was fairly quiet and peaceful .
Lots of lovely things to see.
The buddleia bushes were full of butterflies and bees . I love to see butterflies ,especially the Peacocks.
So pretty .
Look at the size of this bee .
You can see the Crooked Spire from the tow path .
Love these flowers. I thought that they looked a bit like orchids , but on investigation at home , it turns out they are called Indian Balsam and are classed as a destructive weed due their high transplantation rate. apparently the seeds spread a long way , very quickly .
Still think they are pretty though .
More butterflies .
We were pretty amazed to see the size of the fungus growing on this tree.
Each one was bigger than a dinner plate .
And of course ,we have to have ducks .
We spent a happy half hour or more watching these two diving to the bottom and popping up again , so cute .
Another species of butterfly. I need to look in my book to see what kind they are .
Cool spiral bridge .
Wild teasel . We managed to get a couple of the smaller ones . boy are those things prickly .
So , all in all a lovely day out . Me and the kids got a couple of bits from the shop. Well , you need souvenirs of good days out , don't you ?
Tuesday , hubby took the kids to the park while I did the shopping . Wednesday was an even better day out , but I'll save that for later .
Thanks for dropping by ,