2012: Friday walks, There and back again

Come with us, dear readers, to a land where magnolia trees flower in colourful profusion, next to a vast, bleak marshland, which the sea abandoned centuries ago

Back to the Dee Estuary this week, and a new walk. Ronnie takes us on an adventure.

“Tolkein fans may have already spotted that we’ve purloined the subtitle of ‘The Hobbit’ for the name of this week’s walk. So be it, but that does not mean we’re hobbits. Only one of us has hairy feet, we rarely have two breakfasts, and neither of us has a ring that makes us invisible.

But we do like an adventure. And as we’ve ambled up and down the Dee coastline these past weeks we’ve kept wondering ‘How far upriver does this Marshland stretch? What lies beyond the fields we know?’

So this week we nosed our way down to the marsh front just by the Harp Inn, where we last went on my ‘official’ birthday in January, and strode off, upriver, into the misty marsh…

Leaving our trusty steed behind us. Not knowing when, if ever, we will return

Seeing mysterious marsh creatures in the distance. Somewhat resembling sheep

Coming upon clear warnings that we are in dangerous territory

But along the way, enjoying each others tall tales and humorous company

And the glorious arrival of Blackthorn blossoms in the spring

Pussy willow too

And stopping for a while to feast on the generous gift of chocolate, from a friend from the land beyond the sea. Thank you, Gayle

Next Sarah finds the biggest plantation of bulrushes she has ever seen. And films them on her magical device. You will be seeing more of this… indeed it appears below…

They dance and shimmer with their own inner light

And eventually we get as far upriver as we are allowed to go. Right on the Welsh border is a the military rifle range we were warned of a while back. And from here the road is closed to us.

On the border

Now obviously if this were really ‘The Hobbit’ we’d bed down in a little hollow, wait until cover of darkness, and then make our way through that gap in the earthworks you can see above, and take our chances with whatever terrors may lie beyond.

But being, in fact, the two of us, out having our traditional ‘nice time not working on a Friday’ walk, we didn’t. Instead we retraced some of our steps…

And headed a mile or so inland…

To a magical Gardens we know. Ness Gardens

Where there is a living willow walk

Wollemi Pine, one of the rarest trees on earth.’I’d thought these were extinct, and hadn’t been seen since the time of the dinosaurs!’ exclaimed the two friends

A contemplative labyrinth

Ancient trees that walk across the earth

Glorious flowering magnolia. You’ll be seeing a lot more of these from Sarah too

And gardens of deep peace

Great beauty

And cherry trees. An afternoon in heaven

But all too soon it was time for the two friends to turn their faces homewards…

Back through the midgey evening marshland

On their way home. After another lovely day together

And when they got home, they looked at the pictures their devices had made, drank magical elixir, and their day came gently to an end.”

– The End –

8 thoughts on “2012: Friday walks, There and back again

  1. Jan Baird Hasak

    The imagery is nothing short of exquisite. I especially liked the magnolias, the willow walk, the bulrushes and the pussy willows. But the whole walk in photos was, as you so eloquently framed it, magical elixir. I laughed at your commentary on the military warnings. That poses a fascinating point-counterpoint to your whole travelogue. Thank you ever so much. XX Jan

    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Thank you Jan. We love finding new walks, going round the next corner to see what’s there. Even a good map can’t show you how it’s going to feel. The military stuff felt strange – but then I suppose the logic is that they have to practice somewhere, xx

  2. pinkunderbelly

    Lovely, and so well put-together that I felt I had been on the walk right alongside you. I love the cherry blossoms the most and am smiling at how the Blackthorn flowers remind me of the dogwood tree in the front yard of my childhood home.

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