Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rough but beautiful

The days have been quite balmy but the evenings have been sweet.

Just looking out into the garden gives fresh colour.

Take your eye down and what you see is beauty

Tomorrow it will be mown but for now it is rough but beautiful.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sunday, May 09, 2010

It's Freezing!

Seem to have experienced every weather possible. Walked across to MacDonalds on the other side of the A120. This is a good quick walk with a warm drink in the middle. You head off down towards the Street from Brewers End, past the turning to the Church and Millers and take the footpath waymarked between some beech trees. You can skirt the balance pools or follow the tack through the trees. There is a lovely view of the church; I might post a photo on a warmer sunnier day.
It's easy to climb the embankment taking care to close the gate to stop the deer getting onto the road.
Suddenly you are in another world with the roar of the traffic and the ever present view of the airport.
I can remember catching crayfish in Pincy brook where this road now runs. I can remember taking my class for walks into what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. It's all changed; I remember seeing the men banging the sticks in. We wondered what they were doing now we know.

Monday, May 03, 2010

May bank holiday 2010

It's Monday and I 've just dodged the showers and been for a walk in Hatfield Forest. The sun shone but the ground was very wet. We followed a mistle thrush through the trees, heard a woodpecker and while drinking our coffee watched the swallows skim over the lake.
It was heartening to see how many people were out for the morning many with dogs. There is a real sense of community amongst the dog owners and open and cheerful greetings and conversations.
I was surprise at how much had changed at the forest as I haven't been there for a while. They are opening out the ground cover and removing a lot of the scrub. This gives a heathland feel to some of it at the moment and it will be interesting to see what grows up in the newly cleared areas.
I was also impressed by the long overdue yellow lines along the road. At £4.60 to get in, membership of the National trust seems a bit more reasonable. Or even better a walk down the Flitch Way or even a cycle. But dodging showers and a general spring weariness saw us going in the car.