First-off - the weather on my birthday! Just as well we didn't go out for the day as we normally do!
5 minutes later . . . pouring rain, hailstones, sleet . . . it was like that on and off all day!
Anyway, we now have our eldest daughter home for a week. Yesterday we went to Abergavenny Fleamarket and after that drove a little bit further so we could climb up the Skirrid, all 486 metres of it! We've driven past many times but never been in a position to stop and explore it.
We had the option of amble or scramble. However, if you wanted the views, at some point you had a steep climb and so we opted for scramble. Here are Windflowers and Celendines which carpeted the woodland.
The first Bluebells.
A long-abandoned wall was verdant with moss.
A huge boulder nuzzles against the wall. One of the ones (there were many) which had broken off the crags and rolled downhill at some time in the past.
Looking S-E, above and below.
Almost due South, where the Severn runs into the Bristol channel.
Looking West towards the Sugarloaf.
Looking North along the slope.
Looking back along the ridge, Southwards again.
I traced the line of this lane heading NN-W. It leads (out of sight) to Llanvihangel Crucorney.
I loved the Celendine meadow at the bottom of the slope, especially the little S-shaped squiggle of colour at the bottom.
Looking east towards the Brecon Beacons.
Eastwards, towards Herefordshire and on the horizon, the Malvern Hills.
Finally, heading homewards - T and K.