Yesterday I took myself off for a little walk that was supposed to be a stroll rather than my weekday walks when I try and go as fast I can. This was a wander, so I took my camera to see what I could find.
Do you want to see?
When the gorse is flowering kissing is in fashion... I didn't kiss anyone on my walk though!
The allotments were very quiet and looked rather forlorn and bedraggled, which isn't surprising given all the rain that we have had and the time of year. I will keep an eye on them this year and see what happens.
I saw some well trimmed hedges though. I prefer to see plants growing in a more natural shape, but for hedges it is nice to see them well kept and trimmed and they can still provide a home for birds and bugs of all kinds. They don't mind what shape the plants are!
I didn't go tramping in the woods as I only had my walking trainers (sneakers) on, but when I remember (!) to get my boots out I will go and have a look down the muddier paths.
I find the tree barks fascinating, so many different textures. I also enjoyed looking at the different sorts of buds which are appearing on the trees.
This ivy had a lot of berries on it. I am not sure if the birds eat them or not, but I know that the flowers are a valuable source of nectar for insects.
Everything was looking very damp and wintery. This beech tree - below - still had its leaves though. They hold on to them through the winter which is why they make great hedges.
Above is some more gorse - but I still hadn't found anyone to kiss! Probably just as well. There was plenty of mud though. I managed to avoid this lot though thankfully.
A few rosehips still hanging on. I wonder if something will eat them.
Perhaps someone can tell me, I think that this is some sort of viburnum, but it might be a daphne of some kind. There wasn't any fragrance that I noticed. Any guesses?
I hope that you enjoyed the walk, especially those of you who are snowbound right now. I do hope that you are staying warm and safe.