Sunday, 15 September 2013

A Walk In The Country


To be quite honest, we haven't done a lot today. But then again, it is Sunday and I still like to keep my Sundays special.

Weather wise, it's been a mixture of brilliant bright sunshine and then heavy dark clouds. I hate being stuck in the house all day so we donned our coats and wellies and went for a walk.


The wind had blown twigs and acorns across the road. O/H said he remembered as kids they used to stick sticks into them and pretend that they were pipes and 'smoke' them.


This year, there are masses and masses of berries along the hedgerows.


And those sticky, furry things you sometimes see growing on wild rose bushes. When I was little I  used to think that they collected them and stuck them on the front of slippers - you know those sort - usually tartan with a beige collar your auntie used to wear.


And rose hips. If you're as old as I am, you might remember collecting rose hips in those light carefree years of  the fifties.


We walked up the Mill Bank towards the Red Bridge. Some geologists, a few years back, took some samples of the rock and  maintained there were gold deposits in it.  No gold rush yet, so don't hold your breath. The quantity is so minute so as not to make a lot of difference. We've not seen them since or any gold either.


Several little oak saplings  growing along the hedge row. I'm going to be long gone by the time they're trees.


We're coming back down now to the brook by the mill.


Clumps of Meadow Sweet are growing along the edge of the stream. They smell woody and fresh after the rain.


The elder bushes by the gate are dripping with fruit this year.



Now we're standing on the bridge on the corner. The sun's out again and the reflective rays shimmering on the water are just beautiful. We pause for a moment or two and then head for home.
Doesn't a walk in the fresh air, make you feel so much better?

27 comments:

  1. I did enjoy your walk Molly. Thanks for taking me with you.

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  2. The brook is lovely; the elderberries wonderful! I WILL find a place to plant them, next year. And keep the birds off.

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    1. They grow just about everywhere here and are a bit of a thug when left to their own devices.

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  3. Thank you for taking us on your lovely walk, Molly. The good thing is I did not have to even get out of my chair. We had a perfect day here for one also, but everyone was more interested in watching a football game on TV that looking at the joys of nature.

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    1. I am an avid hater of foot ball and it was lovely to have your company

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  4. Lovely walk Molly - thanks for sharing. We had a Parkinson Walk today - 6 kms so not bad.

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    1. I enjoyed sharing your virtual walk as well Sue. 6 kms is pretty good.

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  5. I'm so glad that little river isn't anywhere near here; I'd never get anything done. I can see myself just sitting there and dreaming all day long. Yesterday I had to cut down two Elders, and felt quite guilty. Luckily there are plenty of others around.

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    1. It gets a problem when it floods. This time last year we were grounded for a few days when it flooded the road.

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  6. It was very windy here yesterday (and still quite wild and wet today) so no walk in the afternoon for us yesterday, especially after a busy Saturday event and husband developing hip and back problems. Thanks for taking us on yours!

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    1. Hope your hubby is better soon - bad backs are horrible

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  7. Fresh air is good for heart, mind and soul. Thank you for taking me on a lovely walk.

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    1. Bonnie thank you for your company

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  8. lovely photos Molly, I loved the river pic best of all.
    And yes, I do remember those slippers, particularly the darling little buttons on the cuffs, do you remember those!

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    1. Yes I do ..... and the lyle stockings. It was a time when I thought 30 was old.

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  9. Indeed, a walk in the fresh air does wonders for the soul! Beautiful pictures and a lovely walk to share with us. Many thanks, Molly.

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  10. Yes, it does Molly and is the best reason ever for owning a dog! Although at 2.30 this morning when she woke me up wanting to go on a badger hunt, I was a lot less keen!

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  11. 2.30 am is a bit cruel. Did she go back to sleep like a good dog - hope so.

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  12. I did enjoy walking along with you, Molly. I love the idea of virtual exercise. :-) You're right about the hedgerow fruit - there are masses of berries of every description. The birds will be going into winter well-fed.

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    1. I was fascinated, last Sunday, watching a little blackbird leaping up to catch a berry gobbling it up and then jumping up after another one. I had to stay very still, would have loved to have taken a pic but it would have scared him off I know. All the best for next Tuesday. Hope everything goes well.

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  13. A glorious walk, dull weather notwithstanding.
    Wellies and macs and out we go, that’s the spirit.

    I’ve noticed the berries this year. Do you think that means we’re going to have a hard winter?

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    1. I've heard that one too. I hope the winter isn't too bad - it's hard up in the hills in the snow.

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  14. Well -I did not know that there was ' gold in them there hills' as they say - I did wander where my blackbirds had gone - they must be fed up with my sultanas and have fled to your berries - I love the scent of meadow sweet - but alas we do not seem to have much of it down here - loved your walk - I missed your last blog I am going to read it now xx

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  15. Hiya Jane - not enough gold to retire on which is a bit of a shame. Have a great time at the Malvern show - hope the weather's as warm and sunny as its been today - we've been down to Coedy this afternoon.

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