Lobby

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Lobby:

A stew made of leftovers and vegetables. This is the name given to it by people in Stoke-on-Trent. Basically ‘lobbing’ things in. In Liverpool it might be called ‘Lob scouse’.

This has some celery, carrot, potato, mushroom, cauliflower in it. I had a small amount of duck and a bit of lamb left over so I’ve added that. A little heat from some grated ginger. A bit of garlic, a small amount of chilli flakes and a bit of salt. My aim is to make a warming stew to warm us up on this winter day. It’s simmering on the hob at the moment. I hope it will taste OK.

Wild fowl

We just went for a walk round the small lake at Westport and decided to feed the birds. Mostly pigeon and Canada geese with a mix of a few others and some swans and ducks. I fed the pigeons by putting the food on the top of a fence. Once they were confident I tried holding the food out in my hand and they pecked the food while standing on the fence, finally they all took turns standing on my hand and pecking the food out of it. I only did it because I knew I could wash my hands afterwards.

The management of the lakes are now with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the whole place looks more managed but wild if you see what I mean. Colourful poppies and other wildflowers surround the visitors centre. Drifts of nettles feed butterflies. I saw an electric blue damsel fly skittering about them. I also saw a peacock butterfly and a cabbage white.

We were sitting up on the balcony at the visitor centre when we saw a large carp in the lake. It’s pale colour meant it was visible from above. Looking at its size compared with some terns sitting on a piece of wood in the lake it must have been about 18 inches long.

An enjoyable afternoon.