Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sunday afternoon walk - Catkins and lots of logs

This year I didn't make any New Year's resolutions, but a few things seem to have evolved into resolutions all by themselves and for some reason it seems much easier to keep these ones. Probably because they're all quite fun. Like the monthly walk.

One of the self-seeding resolutions was to walk one of our favourite local routes at the beginning of every month to see the seasonal changes.

Interestingly it's already become something of a ritual. Last week there was a lot of planning of which day we would go, and a fair amount of looking forward to it (by some of us) and wondering which variables might have changed such as the muddiness and the force of the river. 

Part of the ritual seems to be that at least one member of the family is unenthusiastic about the prospect. Last month, feeling under the weather, I had to be cajoled into going; this time the tween was grumpy following a sleepover with not much sleep. She was persuaded that a good walk would wake her up and ensure a blissful slumber tonight.

What did we find on our walk this month?

The swollen river has abated. In January and February, the stepping stones in the photo above weren't visible and it would have been dangerous to attempt to cross the river.

Today, all was tranquil, and although it was a dull day, the reflections were magical.

The route was muddy, but dry muddy, not squelchy muddy. No-one lost a welly boot, unlike last time!

The pigs that we always pass, might not agree with our evaluation of the mud.

Husband was tempted by the 'for sale' sign advertising half a Saddleback pig for your freezer, and an interesting debate on the ethics of meat eating ensued. I think the younger members of the party will be sticking to Quorn for this week at least...

Bybrook Valley, 3 March 2013

Bybrook Valley, 2 February 2013

Bybrook Valley, 2 January 2013

The changes to the view up the Bybrook Valley are subtle. The trees are still looking bare but there is a discernably greener tinge to the whole scene, maybe because of the Catkins which are everywhere.

Even the grass is looking more verdant. This time Son wanted to take some photos too. He specialises in shots that involve lying on the ground or climbing on things so you get a beetle's eye perspective when he's in charge of the camera. Here's one of his:

A fallen Oak we had noticed last time had been transformed into logs.

Nobody had the patience to count the rings so we accepted Husband's estimation of at least 200 years old.

Remember the beautiful Chinese lanterns which we've previously marveled over? Snowdrops had taken their place.

You'd have to look very closely to see any sign of the Chinese Lanterns.
The (now absent) Chinese Lanterns, 2 February 2013

A Sunday afternoon well spent. Come with us for next month's walk when spring should have arrived in the South West of England! I predict daffodils.


  1. I like taking walks especially with a purpose. I also noticed that there is a greener tinge to everything. I'll have to look around here with that in mind, but I think you're a little ahead of us.

    1. I think you've had more snow than us recently.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    it looks like spring is on it's way there, too! I am so looking forward to sunny days. My son, who doesn't much notice changes in weather, said just today that he can't wait for summer, eating weekend lunches on the deck under the umbrella, and having cookouts around the fire bowl for dinners. So maybe we're skipping ahead a bit here!

    1. We're certainly some way off eating outside over here! Still quite chilly in the mornings and evenings.

  3. What a great idea to follow nature through the seasons. I live in the very inner-city, but I think I could even find some wilderness near me. It looks cold still, I hope it warms up soon. We have just started autumn after two weeks of rain that didn't feel like summer at all.

    I like the photo of the grass :)

    1. This walk is a few miles away from us and we don't go there in between times, so tracking the monthly changes makes them more apparent than the ones that are going on right under our noses. I shall pass on your comment about the grass on to the photographer - he'll appreciate it!!

  4. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing your walk & photos :-)

    1. Thanks for your comment Jilly - glad you enjoyed it!!