The weather over Christmas and New Year was unseasonably mild, but at least the rain stopped and we were truly thankful for that, nevertheless, rivers are still running fast and strong and the marshlands remain flooded.
The little river I show here gently skirts our garden and in summer months runs merely as a gentle stream. Its a favourite place for the village children to paddle, go fishing and generally have a lot of fun and at such times when I’m in my garden, which is just up a bank from the river, its a joy to hear their laughter as they splash about and play.
Let me show you some of the pictures I took of our walk.....
We crossed the slate footbridge onto the Common and walked alongside the river, over my favourite style and through shaded woods. As we come out into the open and climb the bank, our village church soon comes into view, then its up and over the wall, by means of the cute little stepping stones conveniently built in for those who enter the churchyard the back way, so to speak. Some of the grave stones here are very old dating back to 1700’s. We always spend time reading a few and paying respect to villagers long gone from life today.
We make our way back home passing the little school, sitting so neat and tidy in the quietness of the afternoon, of course this will all change on Monday when the new term begins and children's voices will once again ring out across the hillside. We lingered here a while to enjoy the views too, how fortunate our village children are, what an idyllic place to go to school.
Finally back in the village, what did we see, but our first daffodil of spring. Apparently, they have been in flower since before Christmas.
To see more detail in the pictures, just click on them.
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