It was a nice day, so I thought I would go along to my favourite lunchtime venue at Jordans Mill. It is just between Langford and Biggleswade, good parking and the staff are warm and friendly too.
Over the last fortnight a small family group of Canada Geese have made their home on the bank opposite the Cafe decking. There is the male, female and 6 small goslings, which were fluffy a fortnight ago, but they are growing fast and testing their wings out on a regular basis, although they have not completely formed yet.
The parents are protective because a Buzzard or Crow could easily pick a chick up and fly off with it given the opportunity.
The gardens at Jordans Mill are developing nicely and they have lots of different herbs, vegetables and plants coming through. It won’t be at its best until July/August when the Sunflowers and other plants are in full bloom, but it does look nice throughout the seasons.
The Alliums are beautiful, and the meadow is looking great and teaming with life. There are lots of pink flowers, butterflies and I also saw a green dragonfly yesterday, something that I have never seen before.
Don’t forget the Riverside Café
My favourite place to sit, is right at the end to the left as you go out of the Café, onto the decking. There is such a beautiful view up river and if you’re lucky, you might see a pair of little Egrets fishing, a Heron strolling, or even the aquamarine flash of the resident kingfisher zooming along the water.
The nice thing about the Cafe area is that is right above the river, I have never been anywhere like it, it is so nice to be able to sit and watch the water flow along as the wildlife goes by.
I did read somewhere that flowing water has a calming effect on all of us. I must admit whenever I go, I chill out completely and I am happy for the rest of the day.
I then sat and watched the geese shepherding their goslings around and a greater spotted woodpecker, who frequently visits the green feeder by the bridge entrance. It was a male because it had a small red patch on its lower back, the female has a white patch.
There were also lots of blue tits, great tits and pied wagtails. By the side of the water, grey wagtails were constantly bobbing up and down across the water to their nests, to feed their young.
So if you want a nice place for lunch and a place to unwind then why not go along to Jordans Mill, sit by the riverside and watch the world go by.