Thursday, 17 June 2010

Summer stroll

Our first little walk away from the village for weeks, just a two hour potter round a nearby footpath. The Cotswolds are glorious in summer, lush with greenery and basking contentedly under the sun like a plump cat. Our walk takes us through an extensive jumping area for a big stables, through a wide, manicured grassy track lined with hedges of dog roses.

I prefer the dirt track which comes later.

The hard sunbaked chalky earth is peppered with sculptured funnel webs and at the bottom of each darksome hole lurks certain death for unwary insects.

Further on are mixed grasses, clover and buttercups, contended hums and buzzings from our feet as the bees happily bustle about doing their vital work.

A strong, cool wind blows the worst of the heat from us, but it is still good to lie under an oak tree and watch the world from a different angle. Sun sparkles and tiny flies appear to glitter in the light as they dart about.

Reluctantly dragged to my feet and hustled upwards, where we stop to admire the view looking Westwards - 

- and turning into a wheat field to head back.


  1. Lovely. I am looking fwd to something similar on Sunday. The peace of the Cotswolds always calls to my soul.

  2. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your walk today!


  3. I'm ready for some lemonade now...loved the walk and really loved the photo from under the tree....because it tells me you were totally relaxed. That makes me happy ;-)

  4. Lovely lovely, as usual. Don't move from there the pair of you. Stay & enjoy it & pass it on to us mere mortals.

  5. What a lovely walk! Thanks for taking us along. Carla

  6. Well, now I feel as if I really have been outdoors in a version of outdoors that says...summer is here!

    Thank you PG for taking that camera long for the walk.

    I do hope that you all will have the opportunity for another few hours' of out and about on foot really soon. Meanwhile ... is this not cricket time? Obviously, I do not understand the game at all, but isn't this the season?


  7. A summers walk.....bliss! I'm glad you took the camera along.

  8. Absolutely lovely - I felt as if I was walking alongside you: your part of the Cotswolds is so very different to ours, almost out on a limb on the north-western flank.

  9. Thank you for the very pleasant stroll. So peaceful.

  10. Lovely. Your scenery is so different from ours. Great photo from under the oak.

  11. i love your strolls so much! they make me
    feel as if i am in a jane austen novel. :)


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