Sunday, 15 May 2016

An evening walk in May


We have had a very busy working weekend again, but did well at today's car boot sale and got rid of a good few items which were cluttering up the junk room, so progress has been made.  When we got back and unpacked the car, I had a ham salad for a quick tea and took myself off for an early evening walk to make the most of the beautiful sunshine. The Stitchwort above are growing on one of the banks close to the house.


Crossing the bridge, I couldn't resist a photo of the green reflections of the trees in the river.


Then up a little stretch of hill garlanded with Ramsons (Wild Garlic).  On our travels this week we have seen half acre stretches of them in wooded valleys along our route.


I always say that at this time of year the trees are a hundred shades of green with their fresh foliage.  Here is an oak tree looking very festive.


Shades of green again, with the bluebells trembling in the faintest of breezes.  Their fragrance was delicate - like a light refrain compared with the heavy bellowing of the millions of flowers in Green Castle Woods last Monday.  Far more enjoyable.


The familiar juxtaposition of Bluebells, Stitchwort and Red Campion always found at this time of the year.


I need to get fit again so climbed half the very steep hill up the valley side.


Looking back down across our river valley.  The many Ash trees are only just considering putting out green tips and I think it will be June again before they are out fully, like last year.


One of the local farmers was cutting a field for Silage, and I counted EIGHT Kites above it, diving down at intervals to pounce on something Vole-shaped previously hidden by the long grass.  There were plenty of Crows with them.  Of course, this is nothing like the 100 or so Kites you get at the feeding stations in Wales, but it shows how our valley can support a good population.


This rabbit was totallyh oblivious to my presence as he ate his supper.


A dreamier view of the river as I crossed back over the bridge.  There was a little Water Wagtail on one of the rocks to the left but he didn't show up in the photo.


One last burst of greener-than-green as I climb our steep hill.  I was out an hour and still have the endorphines making me feel great!

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    1. Welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed them Beverley.

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    2. BTW, I just peeped at your profile and LOVE the book choices - a wonderful juxtaposition!!

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  2. A lovely evening walk, its so nice to see the wild flora and fauna, our ash trees are only just breaking bud at least the tees dont look dead anymore :-)

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    1. We've been doing a lot of driving lately and it is lovely to see spring unfolding.

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  3. An absolutely stunning post BB. I would have stopped awhile by that river. Beautiful photos - I feel like I've been there too X

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    1. I just had to share these photos straight away as they really captured a wonderful evening atmosphere. I feel a new header coming on!

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  5. One day we WILL live where wild garlic grows!
    Lovely photos and I need to get fit again too, the cough I had for ages has knocked me back again

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    1. Mine never used to be in my garden or in the wild bit out front - it just appeared. This year a wild Bluebell has appeared out front, so I shall say thankyou to the birds. Sorry to hear that your cough has left you out of kilter.

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  6. What a beautiful walk - such gorgeous photos :) I felt as if I was walking with you and could almost smell the wild garlic. A wonderful post :)

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    1. RR - glad you enjoyed keeping me company!

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  7. What a gorgeous evening walk. Your photographs are stunning. X

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    1. I was lucky with the light I think.

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  8. Oh BB, how wonderful to see Spring in full flow. Here in N Yorkshire it hasn't arrived yet - many trees are not yet in leaf. There is no stitchwort out and the wild garlic is not yet in flower. We are just at the stage of thinking about dead heading the daffodils.

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    1. Spring seems to go almost at a walking pace through the countryside as we head north. I hope spring arrives with you a.s.a.p.

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  9. Wonderful, beautiful, and dream like.
    You live in the most lovely place.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. You're right parsnip, and we try never to take it for granted.

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  10. I think it is the evening light and dappled shade that gives your photos such a lovely feel, glad the walk set you up.

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    1. I'm normally a morning walk person, but this was very peaceful, I must say.

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  11. The river looks so peaceful and serene. Wish I was visiting right now :D

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  12. Some really lovely photos, the bluebells, stitchwort and wild garlic are all really prolific this year but I've only seen a few pink campions. You do live in a beautiful area.

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  13. It will take some beating when we leave it Rowan, but that doesn't look like being any time soon. I will take a photo of the bank of Campions at the junction. Watch this space.

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