Friday, January 05, 2007

VILLAGE WALK

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.













20 comments:

Pura said...

Hello and greetings from Spain. Lovely blog.
I Love your countryside i'm an "Anglofila" I love England/it's very beautiful and greeny.
I'm Pura from Spain - i'd added you to my blog.

Pura.

Kathleen Marie said...

BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful photos and what a gorgeous area. It looks heavenly. You live in such a fabulous area.

Blessings to you in the New Year!

Joanne said...

Marion,

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! I was in Wales a year and a half ago... and seeing your pictures makes me want to come back again in a hurry!

Samantha said...

Marion, I do so enjoy seeing your photos. Your walks are so beautiful. I love your description of the children playing in the stream.

HORIZON said...

Enjoyed the walk with you Marion. :) l could feel very at home in Wales. xx

Susie said...

Marion,
What a lovely walk we've taken with you!
It's amazing to me that the church graveyard dates back to the 1700's. Here in California, most things don't go back much more than 150 years...
Lovely post!
xoxox

Annabelle said...

Wales will always be in my heart and you have managed to have me never forget what it was that made me fall in love with it in the first place. Wish I was there.Thanks for the lovely walk Marion.

Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

Kerri said...

You live is the most beautiful, picturesque countryside Marion. The buildings and those stone walls are so pretty.
Your photos are gorgeous. Nice shots of John!
Great description too. What a wonderful place for a walk!
Thanks for taking us along.

Lis said...

You live in a beautiful area, it is very romatic

Sigruns German Garden said...

Hi Marion, I love your graveyard photos very much. All time,when I in Britain, I visited them and take photos!

Sigrun

Anita said...

Thanks a lot for taking us with your on your walk accross your village! Oh, your church and the old graveyard immediately reminded me of my trips to the UK some years ago. I really love your countryside!
Have a relaxing week-end!

Hootin'Anni said...

Hello. This is the first time I've traveled to your land through your blogging. I'm here from a link you left in Flip Flop Floozie's blog---where she showed us how to fold sheets properly!! I agree with your comments. A fresh set of sheets for our bedding can't be beat. No matter HOW it's folded. :o)

Anyway, just really wanted to stop by and comment on your lovely set of photos you've shared with us on your walk.

What beautiful, wonderful country. And such a lovely setting from your own back yard. Lovely.

Thanks for sharing. And it was terribly nice to have met you this way.

I'll certainly be back to visit.

Sheila said...

I enjoyed the walk, and the fresh air.Thank you for taking us along! It's been many years..about 13..since I was last in Wales, it always looks so green.

MariaJ said...

Love your pics too dear Marion. There was also one highlight: that poor daffodill. Its amazing to see the flower in January...how I miss spring! (Its still green here, no snow)

Michael Manning said...

High definition photos! I loved them all!

Joanne said...

Marion,

Thanks for your kind words and for coming to visit my site! When I was in Wales, I stayed at Pantasaph, a Franciscan friary just outside of Holywell. I was in the area for a week, and loved it. I'll likely be posting some pictures I took when I was there on my blog. Right now I'm working on a theology degree through the University of Wales in Lampeter. I've not been there yet, but I plan on going for my graduation! Talk with you soon!

Connie said...

I am always so happy that I came by to visit. Glad to hear you are doing well.

Thanks so much for sharing your walk with us. Just unbelievable beauty you have to look at on a daily basis.

Hugs,
Connie

Kathleen Marie said...

This place hardly seems real it is so pretty and peaceful. That church is amazing. How old is it? Here in the Midwest of the US if you find tombstones dating to the mid 1800's it is considered VERY old and most of the old graveyards are not properly cared for, which is a shame.

Thank you for another gorgeous tour ☺

LZ Blogger said...

Beautiful photos of the idyllic countryside! Thanks! ~ jb///

MariaJ said...

Thank you dear for your nice comments on my blog again. I certainly hope you will try crocheting too!!!