Well are they Friday Walks or not? We don’t call them that any more, because they’re not on Fridays. But the same intention is behind them. To take time regularly, just for ourselves, to walk and to be still in the presence of nature. It’s good for us, we think it’s elemental.
And today’s walk is bursting with nature. After the slowest start we’ve ever known, and it’s still much colder than usual, Spring is now all around us. So we went to look at the hedges.
The walk itself is the ‘Shining Shore’ – the ‘home’ walk we think of as ‘our’ place. But you won’t see too many vast vistas of the Dee Estuary in what follows. Well, ok there are a few. But mainly you’ll see close ups, of Springtime in the hedgerows, on the borderland of Northern England and Wales. Walk with us through the glory of Spring, with not too many words to distract us.
This is one of the main things we’ve come to see. And it’s almost a month late. Usually in early April many of the hedges round here look like they’ve been snowed on with all the Blackthorn Blossom. This year, even though it’s almost May, they’re just getting going. We’ll see more as we walk down towards the Estuary.
And now we get to the Blackthorn. By now this hedge is normally one of the main displays. And in a week or two it will be. Right now it’s full of buds, bursting with Springtime.
But even amidst erosion Springtime keeps right on happening.
Springtime on the Shining Shore. Late as maybe. Perfect nonetheless.