Wednesday, February 8

uphill all the way!

My poor old battered lungs needed a bit of a workout
after spending the past month recuperating, so I planned my
morning walk to incorporate as many gentle hills as possible.

Soooo, deep breath (possibly my last!) and out through the front gates. . .

up the back lane to the forge

where the quirky window panes are made from glass segments

past Paula's studio cottage

and through the gates

to the church

which has amazing gargoyles on the tower!

Out through the footpath gate at the back of the church

into the woods where badgers have been busy burrowing.

These woods were always a white carpet of snowdrops
after Christmas, but alas the felling of over 50
mature oaks in the autumn left a barren waste

and while previously unviewed vistas have appeared,
this slope was a total mudslide in the heavy rains
as the rain cascaded down leaving a wake of
sludge at the bottom.

Up the (thankfully!) final hill towards home,
huffing and puffing a bit I must admit

where I was rewarded with a cluster of snowdrops
nodding gently in the sunshine, safe under their canopy
of brambles!


OhSoVintage said...

To find those snowdrops at the end of your walk made all the effort worthwhile. Thankyou for sharing your walk with us. Love the old kissing gate and wonder how many kisses have been stolen there over the years.
Ruth xx

Liz said...

Looks like a great walk on a dry, bright day. Love the beautiful blue sky in the gargoyle picture.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

BadPenny said...

Thank you for a lovely walk ! I adore the kissing gate!
Thanks for the info at mine. I told my friends that this year I'd find out what was behind that wall ! I'm hoping to be taken to Kingston Lacy for my birthday -( I suggest it every year !) for the snowdrop walk. Glad you found some on yours x

Mimi and Tilly said...

Hello! I can't tell you how much going on that walk with you this morning while enjoying my coffee has perked me up! I love walking through paths and around beautiful spots. Those window panes are fab, and that studio cottage is my dream studio! And to fidn those little snowdrops at the end of your walk, is just fab. I'm going to catch up on your blog psots now. I wanted to thank you again for your beautiful email last week, and for the reminder that "you are enough". Your words really touched my heart. Em x

helen tilston said...

I love this morning's walk and so glad you took us along. Spring is budding and what a glorious time of year, my favourite season

Helen xx

Gretel said...

I am puffing with you! But what a lovely walk, Paula's cottage looks very sweet behind the hedge.

rachelsmith133 said...

Looks like a really lovely walk to go on. :-)

melbatoast68 said...

That looks like an absolutely lovely walk. Glad to see you're up and around and healing nicely!

Rose H (UK) said...

So pleased you are feeling a little better. Such a lovely walk, and everyone's right the kissing gate is adoreable!
They must have had good reason to cut those ancient oaks, hopefully they'll re-plant some more for future generations...
Rose H

My Spotty Pony said...

Glad you are feeling well enough for a walk. And what a lovely walk too! I was right there with you, and every step of the way, but felt exhausted by the time I got to the church!
Hope you put your feet up with a hot chocolate when you got home :)
Abby xx

Sylvia said...

What a lovely walk, Elaine !
Yes, we have still snow and it's very cold ...
I had so much fun capturing my everyday moments, and of course it's ok :-)
Nice evening,

Menopausalmusing said...

Glad to hear (and see!) that you are getting out and about again. What a shame re the snowdrops though. Perhaps they will come again next year?

Fading Grace said...

Good for you, what a lovely walk. You go steady though it's mighty cold out there....I'll worry about you! xx

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Glad you are on the mend Elaine! What a tonic the beautiful countryside must be to you...
Take care,
Niki x

Helen said...

I feel just like I walked with you, do you think I will have burned off many calories? After all it was uphill?
H xx

Janet said...

I enjoyed sharing your walk -thank you ,it was lovely,glad to see you are getting out and about and getting back to normal-just don`t over do it okay ? x

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

Beautiful landscape to walk in.
Have you had any snow?
We had heavy snow at the weekend and are due more tomorrow!
M x

nilly said...

A lovely walk could be the answer to winter antiques doldrums - you have inspired me to drag Mr N. out tomorrow, come snow or ice!
Nilly x

sandiart said...

Oh I loved that walk, hope your lungs are ok, or ribs to be exact. Have you had any snow????
xx Sandi

Purrfect Haven said...

.. I know you were puffing ..but thanks for sharing this tour so I didn't have to puff! ha ha.. lovely shots. Love to to Kit. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxxx

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