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Saturday we venture briefly into the maddening crowd as we need to go shopping and despite our early morning foray - the streets and shops are already full of hot and frazzled folk. Scowling and glowering they appear to block the sunshine from themselves. We return to our oasis as soon as we can. Where we are drenched by bird song and I can breathe. We garden, water precious seedlings, remove weedlings, take photos, share the glasshouse with a blackbird fledgling.
Our pond is full, a small army of frogs have taken up residence, their indifferent outlook on life fascinates Pepper, who sits and watches their barely discernible activity with confused concentration.
Sunday we escape to the hills. Youngest drives, I knit and Himself knowing where to go to avoid people directs us up to a remote and beautiful area. We see a total of four other wild souls - all celebrating giving humanity the slip.
Moss, unimpressed that she has to wear her long-lead until we are sheep free, pulls ahead, willing us to stretch our pace. It is hot. Himself and Youngest remember a stream from a previous adventure and we stop for lunch. Food tastes better eaten under the sky. Moss soaks herself in the stream countless times.
Our path leads us up and over what feels like seemingly endless hills and down in to a fertile and farmed valley full with sheep and lambs.
We chance on a slender strip of protected ground. Sheltered from grazing sheep it is full of cowslips, primroses, wood anemone, lady's smock and ...
... the tiniest violets in a delicious shade of heart-breaking indigo.
The final pull back up on to the edge of the moor tests my knee (and challenges my mettle) but we get there. I've done it - we've done it.
Monday's stories can wait .... til then, xxxxxx
Great photos, I love the one of Pepper :) I should have gone wherever it was you went on Sunday, I probably would have kept my sanity (see my latest blog post for why!)ReplyDelete
Beautiful photography! what are you knitting? I am knitting socks at the moment. It's been a lovely sunny weekend here in Cumbria, although overcast today.ReplyDelete
Great photos as always.ReplyDelete
Lovely post with stunning happy filled photos... love the cat watching the frog and any thing with a sheep in gets my vote.ReplyDelete
Love your pictures. You always capture your pets personalities perfectly. Hope Pepper behaved with that frog.xxReplyDelete
It looks like you had a blissful time. I've had to put the back door on the latch to stop his vastness from dashing out towards the bird feeder!ReplyDelete
Oh the look of interest on Pepper's face - wonderful. I agree with the previous comments! At least we are still getting some sunshine..... I can cope with rain in the late afternoon/evening.ReplyDelete
Once again thank you for sharing your walk with us with lovely descriptions and fantastic photography. I've seen that look in Pepper's eyes.....it is reserved for evil thoughts of catching birds and in this case, frogs. xxReplyDelete
Stunning journey you went on. I love the pic of Pepper, such concentrationReplyDelete
Ooh, that pulled at my heart strings, especially the walled lane & sheep. We can always hear frogs, but rarely see them, though we didn't have many taddies in our pond last season. Thanks for sharing the walk & take care.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, I prefer my garden to shopping anyday!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous picture of Pepper - and (as always) wonderful to see Moss enjoying herself :)ReplyDelete
Oh my...I am loving your pics and your area...BEAUTIFUL.ReplyDelete