Monday, May 15, 2006

BLUEBELL WOOD

This bluebell wood is a short distance away from where we live. At this time of year, it is spectacular, both in sight and perfume, when the bluest of blue carpet of flowers covers the woodland floor. I step apologetically as I walk, for it is impossible not to crush some of the flowers under foot.

Sunbeams filter through the trees whilst the sound of blackbirds and rooks are heard from above. These are memorable moments to embrace.

At times like this, I reflect on fond memories from my childhood, of being taken to ‘our bluebell wood’ by my parents, there we would pick armfuls of these sweet flowers, so symbolic of spring. Although they have now become a protected flower, I dare to pick a few each year, in memory of those happy days and it is my practice to place them in a pretty vase between two photographs of Mum & Dad. I know they’d like it.





23 comments:

Bhamini said...

I'm sure they would dear.Thank you for writing the way you do...with simplicity, truth and elegance.

Sigrun said...

Marion, my husband do not like the bluebells, because he have to cleen the garden from them, when they had flowered! He say, they are the pest!

Sigrun, who like Bluebells

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Again, Marion, thanks for stopping by my site. Great to see your country as usual. I am taking off today for Illinois. Someday I hope that you can come to our great country. Yours looks so beautiful. Ours is so grand also. Keep sending those beautiful pictures. I bet your parents enjoy those flowers if they could just let you know...Sandy

Carol said...

Aww I love the bluebells! I need some in my garden!

Elly said...

Marion...you need to ADOPT ME.LOL!!! I'm tellin' the readers at my other blog (Hisgraceabounds...in my sidebar on my page). I'm...not kidding woman!! This 'Stateside' citygirl is constantly soothed by your blog! Thanks, dear.

Marsha said...

aaahhh! Very lovely indeed. Excellent pictures.

Kerri said...

I too love bluebells Marion. A short drive away there's a bank full of them, and years ago I dug just a few (yes, I know, it's a no no!) and planted them in my garden. Now I have lovely bluebells! I'll take pictures when they bloom. What a sweet memory and you do write beautifully of your lovely surroundings. What an exquisite place for a walk! I'd love to wander there with you :)

Mrs Blythe said...

What lovely pictures! I will have to explore your blog some more later. I came via Terri's blog. I am an English lady who loves to visit Wales.

Tammy said...

Hi...I love the pictures on your blog. Makes me feel like I am there with you.
I used to live in Texas,USA for 5 years from 1990-95 and they have the Bluebonnets. They are so thick in the fields you think there is a water of some sort standing in the fields. I have several pics of my children sitting in them but I don't have the technology to share them yet.
Thanks for sharing!

Elly said...

Thanks for coming over Marion...that was fun!!! Hugs~

Val said...

Ive been walking in "my" bluebell wood this weekend too, though I grew up in London, so only saw them in Kew Gardens as a child. Lovely photos, you have caught the dappled light really well. You've inspired me to post about bluebells too!

Val said...

Lovely! You've inspired me to post about "my" bluebell wood, though I grew up in London, so only discovered them later in life. You've caught the dappled light beautifully.

Connie and Rob said...

Oh they just look beautiful. Your photos really capture the color perfectly. Now if we could only figure out a way for us to be able to smell them...

Thanks for sharing.
Take care,
Connie

Mrs Blythe said...

Marion, thanks for stopping by my blog. YOur blog is beautiful, simply beautiful.

I live on the West Yorkshire border with Lancashire up in the pennines. I have visited Wales alot particularly Anglesey, my Dad also lived and worked in Cardiff for a while (when work was short in our home area). I have an auntie and uncle who live in Abersoch, beautiful coastline - my uncle is a surfer. I have also visited Aberdyfi, I had a boyfriend who was at university at Bangor, also been to Beddgelert, Fsetiniog railway, Caenarfon, Dolgellau...and a few others I can't quite remember. It's quite a magical area with wonderful history. Blessings. :o)

Lulu said...

beautiful pictures

Mindy said...

oh Marion, what breathtaking photos...so relaxing to look at them and the way you described each picture, just lovely!! Hope this finds you well dear..xo

clarice said...

This is wonderful, you are lucky to live in such a wonderful area. Clarice

Sharon K said...

Oh my what a beautiful carpet of blue flowers, they are lovely and I can see why you would want to walk softley. The bluebells field is mother nature at its best. Thanks again for the walk Marion

Carol said...

Hey Marion,

I like to present you a new blogger/brand new blog. It's Lis a friend from the German garden forum where Al/Sigrun and I also post. She posts beautiful pictures of her beautiful garden at

http://elisabethsgartenwelt.blogspot.com/

I can imagine you'll like it, although she doesn't post in English yet, she understands it quite well.

Alice said...

The bluebells in the woods are so synonymous with Britain. They were so lovely in Devon, too.

I love your Welsh photos, especially as we only saw a small part of Wales and that was in the wintertime, too.

Rosa said...

I love bluebells! I purchased some seed last year and need to plant them, somewhere! And, I just purchased Penhaligon's Bluebell perfume for my mom while in London. I will have to sneak down and use it occassionally! shhhhhh.

Jacran Cottage said...

Bluebells remind me of my childhood and playing in the woods near my house. We drew up a map of the route from the house to the woods and gave everything names, some rather obvious (Tarmac Road?!) and some inventive (a fallen tree was Rainbow Cafe). A tree surrounded by bluebells was Bluebell Roundabout!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Jackie in ON

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