Just on the horizon in the picture below, you can see the shadowy arch of our local woodland. It takes around 20 minutes for us to walk there from our doorstep, across the fields. We always try and spot the continuous changes in the landscape – which can be different every day. We thought we’d share how everything looks now, just before spring, when everything suddenly bursts into life – and invite you to watch the seasons pass alongside us this year.
The hedge to the right will be full of blackberries at the end of the summer, when we collect them in colanders for jams and cakes.
Today’s lovely surprise was that the wild primroses are out and lining the forest paths.
Halfway through the woodland is an old bench – it signals picnic time.
Just beyond the bench we spotted these beautiful wood anemones …. and also a portly and gloriously scarlet pheasant, in full plumage, crossed the path in front of us (but at the sight of four really excited children, it scarpered before I could snap a photo).
This scene might look a little empty now, but in a few weeks, it will be a vivid carpet of bluebells.
The stream bed beneath this tiny bridge is dry at the moment, but at rainy times quickly fills up. It leads to a little pond, criss-crossed by fallen trees, right in the centre of the wood. Our seven year old is convinced he saw a Gruffalo there once. You can just make out the clumps of green bluebell leaves, not long to wait now …
We returned with a small bag of fallen twigs, that we are going to use as support canes for our French Beans and baby sunflower plants. That’s today’s task 🙂