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Monday, 28 May 2018

YELLOW IS THE COLOUR OF THE MOMENT!


These two photographs sum up this morning's walk with Belinda.  The grass on the fields above Shepton was long, luscious and wet!  The weather was hazy, warm and muggy, with the promise of a hot sunny day to come.  The wildflowers were everywhere, in abundance. A few weeks ago the fields were a mass of yellow dandelions, now it is the turn of the buttercups.
  

For me, yellow is the colour of spring in the countryside, not only the wildflowers, but the fields of oilseed rape provide fabulous blocks of brilliant yellow at this time of year...

   

Monday, 21 May 2018

A WOOD FOR ALL THE SENSES!


Today I had a magical walk with Belinda in Harridge Woods, a Somerset Wildlife Nature Reserve. It was an assault on all the senses.

Our eyes were treated to the early morning sunlight filtering through the trees onto lush greenery and carpets of wild garlic, which could also be detected by the pungent smell!  As we walked down into the bottom of the wooded valley, there was the sound of birdsong and gushing water from the fast flowing Mells River.



Belinda and I try to time our walks in these beautiful woods to coincide with the wild garlic season, as it is a wondrous sight. We couldn't stop taking photographs!  We also picked a few leaves to take home to add to our cooking! 




Finally, being in the woods with magnificent tall trees and dappled sunlight was like being in a natural cathedral - wonderful for my sense of well-being and good for the soul...


Monday, 16 April 2018

SPRING WEATHER AT LAST!

Today, Belinda, Jenny and I had a lovely walk with sunshine!  Spring has at last arrived!  After weeks of cold, wind and rain, it was wonderful to see the sun and Spring flowers...


We walked to Bowlish and up a hilly lane, before heading over fields and footpaths back to Shepton, despite Jenny's request that we didn't go up any steep slopes!  She hasn't walked for a while and was not feeling fit!  We have all been remiss about walking lately and remarked how much enjoyment and benefit we were getting...


We saw a good selection of birds today, including some sweet ducklings in Collett Park - see the largest pic above.  I really needed a telephoto lens to photograph them so they looked more than fluffy dots! 

  
We walked home up the High Street looking at the latest changes - shops have closed down but there are some new businesses, including Junk Soul Brother, where Jenny did some window shopping - see above right.  She also had a good look at my latest window design in the One Craft Gallery, celebrating Spring - see main photograph.

There was plenty of talking and catching up today and we vowed that we ought to get into the walking habit again...


Monday, 12 March 2018

FESTIVAL SITE GOOD VENUE FOR A WALK!


According to the weather forecast, I was supposed to be walking in the rain this morning but no, it was dry!  Belinda accompanied me to the village of Pilton, famous for being the home of the Glastonbury Festival.  We walked through the village and onto footpaths that took us to Worthy Farm and the site of the festival, which is having a rest this year...


There are remnants of the festival all over the site, including the skeleton of the Pyramid Stage, a tree top platform and willow snake - see above.  The fungi pictured above, are made of wood and are very realistic except they are at least three feet high! 


There are some interesting buildings and lovely houses in Pilton.  The village has certainly benefitted from hosting the Glasonbury Festival.  We parked in the carpark of the Village Hall and Working Men's Club, (see middle left pic), and walked past the Parish Church (above right), which have received funds.  Money from the festival also, together with English Heritage, paid for the restoration of the fantastic 14th Century Tithe Barn, which is used for all sorts of events -see top photograph.  There is a lot to explore in Pilton, so we vowed to go back later in the year...

Friday, 9 March 2018

ON THE GOLF COURSE!


This morning I had another walk around Mendip Golf Course.  Last time it was the first nine holes, but this time, for a change, I went around the last nine holes accompanied by my playing husband, whose mates had deserted him!


I was last there about the month ago and what a difference to the light!  Last time it was still quite dark when we arrived but now it is so much lighter that the ground staff arrive at 6am to begin work.  We were the first out and we saw various ground work activities taking place in preparation for the day ahead. 


On this side of the course is a lake, which has visitors in the form of breeding pairs of Canadian Geese.  I tried to get close enough to a couple of them to take their photograph but they weren't keen!   Every year they start producing young and they are not popular with the golfers.  They are big birds that produce a lot of waste matter, mostly on the fairways...

  

Monday, 5 March 2018

AFTER THE SNOW STORM!


Today, was positively balmy, compared with the extreme cold temperatures and the chill factor of the biting winds, that we endured last week!  There were some remains of snow and ice, but it was mostly thawing fast.  As I walked through Collett Park to meet up with Belinda, the ducks and seagulls were out in force and some were a bit puzzled why they could walk on the water, which was still half ice!  My pics on the top row above, show the state of the allotments - a lot of work ahead for the vegetable growers of Shepton!


We saw plenty of footprints in the snow and dog walkers, eager to get out now that everybody can move around, instead of being cooped up. On many fields and footpaths, mud had replaced snow, but there were still patches and drifts of the white stuff lying around...


By the end of the walk, the sun had come out.  I was surprised to see a drift of snowdrops looking so perky, but then I read a notice in a shop window that they contain a natural kind of anti-freeze so that if they collapse in freezing conditions, they quickly recover once the temperature rises.

I do love trees, especially in Winter, when you can see their sculptural skeletons. This tree that I am looking at in the bottom right pic, has split into two.  Its trunk must have had an enormous girth originally, so it must be quite ancient! 


Monday, 26 February 2018

A SPARKLING MORNING ON A NATURE RESERVE!


This morning I went for a walk with Belinda at Westhay Moor Nature Reserve on the Somerset Levels.  It was a beautiful Winter's day with the reed beds and bullrushes the star of the show!  We had to wrap up well as there was a bitter wind but the way the ice sparkled in the sunshine and the blue of the sky and shimmering lakes made up for that... 


The reserve is a special place for watching and photographing birds.  It is famous for the spectacular starling murmurations, which are best seen at dawn or dusk in the Autumn.  There are managed walkways and several hides.  We went into the Island Hide but did not see many birds, only some ducks and moorhens.  However, during our visit we did see some swans in the distance and a cormorant perched on a branch in the middle of a lake.  There is water everywhere, so much so that they provide a life buoy in case you fall in - see bottom right pic!


The walk included wooded areas and signs of spring flowers. The snowdrops are going over with the daffodils coming into bud but this cold weather should hold them back...