Friday, 5 February 2016
Having checked out the Ornamental Lake on the Common on Monday, I thought that on Thursday I'd have a look at "Cemetery Lake", which I don't recall ever visiting before. The name doesn't refer to some ancient British lacustrine funerary custom, but merely to its proximity to the Old Southampton Cemetery, which is situated at the very south end of the Common.
It turns out to be a much more interesting spot than the Ornamental Lake, mainly fenced off and surrounded by trees and gorse bushes, and therefore a haven for water birds of all sorts. I was also lucky with the weather, on a day which was forecast for heavy cloud. Gradually, I'm realising I have a perfect little landscape project in the making within walking distance of our house. Which is both good news and bad, for someone still struggling to complete another "little" landscape project that has so far occupied five years and counting...