Thursday, 30 May 2013

What a difference 7 weeks makes!

This year we've made a point of walking the same walk every month to see how the countryside and wildlife changes. (Click here for previous walks: JanuaryFebruary, March and April).

The walk is about 6 miles away from our house and not an area that we pass through in between times. It's very different from seeing the seasons unfold in our own garden or street. Each month we wonder about what we shall find.

We knew everything would have been very busy growing since our last visit, but it was still a surprise to see just how very lush and greener than green everything is at the moment. The English countryside at its best.

What else did we discover this time?

The Devon Ruby Red cattle are out to grass at last. Their auburn coats looked so smart in the sun, and they are such gentle natured creatures that you need have no fear of walking past them.


At the first opportunity Son was in the river looking for fish. He would have scrambled around the banks and splashed around with a stick for hours if we'd let him.



It was plenty warm enough for a picnic.


And plenty warm enough for the mud that claimed Son's boot a couple of months ago, to have completely dried out now, and for grass to be growing where once boots grew.

Nice and dry in May...
It was a different picture in February!

The water channel has dried out too, but that didn't stop Son walking in it.

Water in the channel - January to April
No water in the channel - May

Wildflowers are in profusion. Red campion, cow parsley, ragged robin, buttercups, bluebells, and many more.




We meant to look out to see what's growing where the chinese lanterns (that were replaced by snowdrops) used to be, but it was bank holiday Monday and the world and his wife were walking OUR walk and we got distracted when we bumped into some friends right in front of the chinese lantern wall. 

Can you spot the pig having a snooze in the sun?


The beech trees are in leaf. And so is everything else, at last!


Bare beech trees in February...
And almost fully clad in May...







The view up the Bybrook Valley last month. 
It looked much the same for four months.
But look at it now!

15 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed the comparison walk. When you live in a place with four distinct seasons, it's fun to watch things change. In the flower pictures, what are the white ones?

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    1. White flowers - Cow parsley in the top one, wild garlic in the lower one and I think there's another white flower in that lower one too but I don't know what.

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  2. Wow! Everything is so lush and green... it's beautiful!

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    1. We've had sun and rain in equal measure over the last few weeks so everything's flourishing.

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  3. What a difference a month can make. Since giving away my car I too have been watching more closely at the changes outdoors. It changes so quickly once warmer days arrive. The pictures of the valley remind me of when I used to commute to college, spring and winter would throw me momentarily at spots and make me think i was in a different part of the trip because it looked so different.

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    1. The changes were really noticeable this month.

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  4. The changing seasons are just beautiful aren't they! X

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  5. Oh, I love those wild flowers and the beech trees, and the lovely stone walls. It's very Beatrix Potter. I grew ragged robin in the garden once. How gorgeous to see it growing wild.

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    1. I love wild flowers too. Exactly this time last year we were in true Beatrix Potter country up north and visited her cottage and garden. There's a pic of the garden in this blog post: http://www.everydaylifeonashoestring.com/2013/02/whats-next-best-thing-to-gardening.html

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  6. Even though the trees are bare in February, I really like that picture. The light is lovely.

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  7. Sarah, you live in such a beautiful part of the UK! The farmland and pasture areas near us are all privately owned, with large "no trespassing" signs in abundance, so we can't really take these sort of walks or picnics. Nice to do some armchair walks with your posts :-)

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  8. What a beautiful area you live in!

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  9. Looks gorgeous! I love this idea of doing the same walk every month. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Looks gorgeous! I love your idea of doing the same walk every month. Have a great weekend :)

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