Birds of a FeatherMonday 3rd April 2000
The ancient spreading tree in front of the hall is a Black Mulberry. There was a fashion for planting them around the beginning of the 19th century, when it was thought they could form the basis of a British silk industry. Unfortunately the caterpillars of the silk moth do not eat this species of mulberry. There is a famous mulberry tree in similar condition to this one in Wakefield Prison, around which women inmates of the House of Correction took their exercise, hence the rhyme.
As pair of Teal fly up from Stanley Ferry flash.
Wakefield MuseumThere's a celebration this evening to mark the opening of the newly refurbished Wakefield City Museum. Naturalist, explorer and pioneer conservationist Charles Waterton now gets a room of his own. The lively displays bring new life to the story his travels and of the world's first nature reserve at Walton Park. Definitely worth a visit. Don't forget to take a look through the peepholes in the door for a view of two of the rooms in Walton Hall, as they would have been in Waterton's day.
The only problem with going to see an exhibit like this is I feel, 'Wow! I wish I'd done that!' Although I'm pleased that some of my artwork has made it into the show.