Monday, 25 January 2016

Sunday Stroll

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.

Amy

60 comments:

  1. Lovely Amy! I too am a fan of all of the textures in nature! And yep…I'm pretty sure that is a viburnum! It is amazing how spring like your landscape looks around you….it feels so far beyond what we are seeing here! Such a pretty stroll you took us on! Happy day friend!!! Good to be back visiting your space!! Nicole xoxo

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  2. You certainly took us on a pretty walk. We have certainly been blessed with a mild winter and bulbs are pushing through the soil as well as buds appearing already on trees and bushes. Even the grass is still growing, making everything look bedraggled and unloved. Take care.

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  3. what a lovely walk. all walks here are sooo muddy at the moment I spend all my time trying not to slip over1

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  4. That was a lovely virtual country stroll, Amy! Thank you for that!
    Margaret P

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  5. Thank you for taking us on your Sunday stroll. We have gorse flowering around here too, it just seems far too early. xx

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  6. Thank you for the lovely walk Amy. I've noticed that the birds in my garden enjoy eating the ivy berries, especially when there's very little else for them to eat.

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  7. lovely views...if a bit soggy. Adding my vote for viburnum - it looks similar to the one we have in the garden which, I learned, is called a Wayfarer Tree...which I think sounds lovely. xo

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  8. Great walk and nice to see some buds on the trees and bushes.
    Liz

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  9. Such beautiful photos.

    Kathy

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  10. Lovely pictures Amy it looks like you had a nice walk, I should force myself to get out and get some fresh air too now that it's not so cold. :) xx

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  11. I think it is a Viburnum Tinus, Amy.

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  12. I love seeing allotment sites, seeing what people have done with their own little patch of land, even more so now that I don't have one myself. They always look rather forlorn at this time of year but another few weeks in to the year and they'll be a hive of activity. If Archie had been with you he'd have been in that big muddy puddle, he can sniff out water in a drought and the muddier the better.

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  13. You do have stuff to see out there after all. :) I much prefer wandering to walking. I do believe it has even more health benefits as it incorporates body, mind and soul. Have a good week. Tammy

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  14. I wish I had been standing right along side you walking and chatting.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. What a lovely January walk. Such a walk will not be possible here until April. I do not believe that I ever knew what the word "gorse" meant, though I should have taken the time to look it up.

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  16. What a delightful walk! Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your Monday.

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  17. That was a lovely walk Amy. So nice to see what 'winter' looks like there and that spring is showing signs of arriving. It is sunny and -8 here this morning - a lovely winter's day. xx Pam

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  18. Thank you its exactly what I need . I live in the city and I have to drive out for walks like yours. Im spending far to much time with mundane life things, I simply must get out and smell the trees. Thank you Amy for sharing .

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  19. Hey Amy,
    I do enjoy this kind of stop/start walk. Even on a cold winter's day there is still so much to be seen. I have a fasciation with tree bark too. Beautifully tactile stuff. Olly would have loved that muddy puddle.
    Have a lovely week.
    Leanne xx

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  20. Amy,
    Intriguing, and inspiring journey you took us on. I too love those moments in nature,with such unexpected beauty.

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  21. I did enjoy your walk. I'm not familiar with gorse so I enjoyed learning about it.
    There is loveliness in winter too. It's a good time to rest and reflect.

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  22. It always feels good to get out and walk no matter the weather. Fun to start looking for signs of spring.

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  23. i love a good stroll. always gives the mind a nice calm serene time outdoors. ( :
    we have snow, they are slowly plowing the roads. we need a run to the grocery store, waiting a bit for it to warm up. have a lovely week. gorse? i see that word above, i will go learn more now, i miss it?

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  24. What a lovely Sunday stroll. It is good to walk for the exercise but I do like strolling and observing and taking photos as I go:)

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  25. Looks like you had a lovely walk, Amy....if I was closer, I'd walk with you!

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  26. Thank you for taking us on the walk. There's much to see along the way - the allotments, the woodland and the hedges where birds can take cover and nest. That gorse quote reminds me of the little verse in one of The Flower Fairy books for the gorse flower fairy. I read the books as a child and haven't forgotten the poems. They include lots of folklore about nature and plants.

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  27. Your photos are lovely, Amy, and I can see that you really enjoyed this stroll. I also like to see what flowers and plants are growing when I'm out and about. I'm not good at all with plants and flower names, though. Hope you can find out what those flowers are, they are pretty. X

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  28. Lovely photos ! Nature really shows so much beauty no matter the season . It is mild here today snow is almost gone lots of grass showing and train for the evening and over night definitely not our usual winter which I am liking to be honest lol ! Thanks for taking us along your wonder . Have a good day !

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  29. I enjoyed our stroll together! hahaha!
    have a great week Amy!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  30. You had a lovely walk Amy. The photo of the path in the woods is very similar to a path we have here just off our estate. I am still trying to do 30 minutes walk each day. Today has been a wet day in Cumbria. Joan

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  31. Really loved the walk, Amy! We have lots of gorse in bloom here too!

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  32. Thanks for taking me along on your walk!

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  33. You went for a lovely stroll Amy with signs of spring already. Lots of mud too I see which will be our case by mid-April. I'll bet it smelled nice as you wandered.

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  34. I enjoyed the walk Amy, I love woods so much at anytime of year. Ours are looking far more bedraggled than yours at the moment, they seem to be one big mud bath. Thank you for the walk today in daylight xx

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  35. I enjoying coming with you on the lovely walk, even if it does look soggy in places! We seem to live permanently in wellington boots at the moment. Sarah x

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  36. Catching up after the weekend childminding. Just my kind of walk and 'love' the photos. I noticed that you got a few answers for the Viburnum, which it is and I have 2 here, which have got buds, a bit out of season. Sometimes it does have a faint perfume which is quite sweet. Thanks for taking us along and take care.

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  37. I enjoyed my walk with you, Amy - and I didn't get cold or muddy in the process! :o)

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  38. Thanks for taking us along on your walk! It's nice to slow down once in awhile when we're out walking and take a closer look at what's around us. Wonderful pictures!

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  39. A great walk lots of fresh air and a few more steps towards this week's grand total. x

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  40. I loved the walk. It is so nice to see all the textures and colours of nature, in any season. I wish I was there walking too! xx

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  41. Love the gorse...didn't know it was associated with kissing! Definitely viburnum . Lovely atmospheric photos. Barbara xx

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  42. What a lovely walk--and what a great idea!

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  43. I love to wander with my camera, but right now I'd have to slog through snow, and no buds to photograph yet. :) I enjoyed the walk with you!

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  44. Thank you so much for the lovely stroll, Amy. Your photos are always beautiful :)

    Have a wonderful week. Hugs!

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  45. Such a nice walk! And you have green grass!! And no snow!

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  46. Lovely photos, Amy. I've noticed that so many of winter's wild flowers are yellow. I wonder why. Perhaps all the better to fight the gloom.
    Amalia
    xo

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  47. The Rosehips are a lovely pop of colour amidst all the browns and greys.

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  48. Hope you've had the best start to 2016, Amy!...What a lovely wander you had and thank you for sharing your pics...sometimes we need to stop and appreciate those things all around us that we often can take for granted:-)
    Susan x

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  49. what a fun walkabout! I do not see snow there, but then the pretty little blossoms are so beautiful who needs snow? You live in a beautiful area!!

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  50. Thanks for sharing your wandering walk Amy. I think that is a viburnum, as others have identified. I have one in our garden although it is scented, it must depend on the variety. My children are automatically attracted to muddy puddles such as that one... xx

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  51. I'm amazed that you already have some flowers blooming!

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  52. Hi Amy! Thank you for taking me along with you on your walk and the blooms are beautiful! You have blooms!! That's wonderful.
    Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  53. Looks like you found lots of things on your walk. Lovely photo's.

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  54. Love taking all these walks with you. Still jealous you have things in bloom, lol. ;-) Enjoy your day!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  55. Lovely walk, I really enjoy woodland at this time of year. The muddy path looks inviting, definitely think you should go for an explore down there next time you remember your wellies :)

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  56. What a lovely winter walk ... M x

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  57. I thoroughly enjoyed your walk. It reminds of a place we used to live, and I miss walking there. It's so interesting to notice things as they are presently and then compare when everything comes back to life in spring. :)

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  58. There's always something to see on a walk, even on a damp dismal,day. I think there are berries still left in the trees and bushes this year because it has been so mild that the birds haven't needed to eat them, the ground is still soft and there are probably still lots of worms and bugs around for them! X

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