Monday, 3 August 2009

A Glimpse of the Mersey Valley 50 Years Ago - Hilda Broady's Journal

3rd August, 1959

Though the ground was quite wet, the water in the stream appeared to be quickly disappearing and it was possible to walk along the muddy bed of the stream in many places, though care had to be taken on account of the many stinging nettles.
We made particular note of the number of plants we could find growing along the path, and these included dandelion, clover, horsetail, plantain, and a short distance away in the grassy part we found tufted vetch.

We were surprised when looking up at the high branches of the Sycamore to see bunches of Sycamore keys as we had not noticed any flowers on the tree*. Possibly these had been missed on account of the height of the tree, and previously we had taken more particular notice of the younger trees and seedlings which are not yet old enough to bear fruit.
With difficulty we managed to collect some of the keys for specimens.

*This year (2009) I photographed Sycamore flowers on the 11th April. At this date they had not quite fully opened – Ed.

Posted by Dave Bishop, 3rd August 2009

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