January! By mid-day, it had hardly got light. It was blustery, blowy, misty-
drizzly - but oh, so mild. My hair looked like a birds nest - my cheeks
looked - healthy!
I have taken a walk through the woods - and it was wonderful. I felt as if all the cobwebs from the last month of hibernation have been blown away. I actually NEED to get out into Nature, to keep me from "Cabin Fever".
Here is the result of days of lashing rain - ditches and water drains overflowing. surely there can be no "hosepipe ban" THIS year?
Here are just a few images taken along the road through the woods, from
around mid-day. This is where the first of my "WoodWalks" writing day workshops will take place in February (local readers - mail me for details!)
These are some of the features of the natural world that I am privileged to have all around me here. Come for a walk along "The Drove" with me.
As you can see, I love the old, gnarled tree trunks, deeply cleft and covered with mosses and lichen, bent and twisted into what I think is a magnificent expression of their age.
But look also how green and lush everything is already - this is not the frozen midwinter, but unseasonally warm weather - the yellow furze here is flowering months before its usual appearance. Yet one more indicator of global warming?
Then the light began to fall once again, and the misty drizzle covered the fields, but still - it was silently beautiful, peaceful and calm. Blissful to be walking in it - the soft rain, the best skin treatment ever.
Enjoy your own winter evening..........