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!