Friday, 20 March 2009

Just for a while, let's forget. . .

Just for a while , let's forget the credit crunch and all the other miseries, Spring is here in all its glory and how welcome. . . . evidence as follows . . .

I met this beauty on an early morning walk along the riverbank . . .




White violets in the lane by mum's house . . .



Wild plum blossom in the old orchard.

On Thursday I went to a meeting of my Textile Group. The countryside nearby is known for it's wild daffodils.

They grow everywhere, on the sides of the roads, in ditches, the woods are full of them and there are meadows where new lambs lie amongst them.

The area is criss crossed with footpaths. Who would not be tempted to stroll along 'The Daffodil Way' or 'The poets path' ?(Named for the Dymock Poets)

There is a little Norman church , St. Mary's at Kempley and the daffodils grace the churchyard. . . .
These magical little flowers are much smaller and more delicate than their cultivated cousins.


St. Mary's sits in a flower filled meadow and holds a very special and rare treasure.

Wall paintings from the 12th. century.



The magic was here in Norman times, as it still is. . .



23 comments:

Marie Alton said...

Anette ... I so appreciate your glimpes of spring ... here in Ontario we aren't quite there yet ... still on the verge ... with such sights still illusive. Way cool pics of the rich history in your part of the world ... I'd so love to see this in peron some day! Sigh!

Hermes said...

Good post and love that church. It was -2 or 3 here last night so Spring is treading warily just at the moment.

flyinamber said...

photo of the swan is wonderful..and wild daffodils in the churchyard..we have lot of sorts of daffodils groving in gardens here but the wild daffodils are really rarely to see..old chrch is amazing!

Clare W said...

I feel like I've just had a nice walk in the cotswolds!

Gwen Buchanan said...

These images are truly timeless Annette, ... the glistening water back-lighting the swan... these ancient wall paintings and the bountiful daffodils.. time has stood still..

Clare Stitches said...

Great pictures. Love the mediaeval paintings. They really are magic!

Lovely glimpses of spring too.

Clare Stitches said...

Love the Norman church and mediaeval paintings.

Thanks for the glimpses of spring.

My Mother's Garden said...

Hello Annette~
Your post today provided me a much needed moment of relaxation. A moment to stop and look at the beauty around us. Those daffodils are so refreshing to see, I can imagine laying in the woods among them and breathing their intoxicating scent! A lovely post!
Happy spring to you~

Karrita

Heather said...

Another magical post with such lovely photos. I did part of the Daffodil Walk with my husband several years ago and love the countryside around Dymock. Those frescoes in the church are just beautiful. It's often struck me that we might find them quite garish and vulgar if we could see them in their original bright colours. It is their faded beauty which attracts us now.

dowhatyoulove said...

A very lovely photo tribute to spring. What nice places and scenes to be able to experience.

Laure Ferlita said...

Thanks for the simple reminder to focus on what is important, and not the hype on the evening news.

Very much enjoyed our stroll through the meadow!

skippinginthemeadow said...

Oh my goodness! you have such a beautiful blog here, am truly delighted to have come across it. Think I will sit and have a little read, if I can only pull myself away from the mesmirising photographs.
xx
Sumea

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Magic indeed. Your photographs bring me happy, contented sighs. Spring!

LissyLou said...

Just browsed your blog. What beautiful pictures.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Thank you for sharing Springtime in your very lovely country. Hugs Judy

Lynn said...

Ah, the perfect tonic! I am wondering when spring will come and actually stay; it looks good right now, but there's snow in the forecast for this weekend where I live...But the bleak days make me relish the lovely ones all the more!

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

oh my! Its so beautiful where you are! I simply adore swans and the flowers are enchanting, like the spring fairies have arrived!

acornmoon said...

I love the white violets, I haven't noticed any where I live so I am very envious.

ruthie said...

beautiful medieval paintings!

rivergardenstudio said...

I absolutely love your countryside churches, the arches and the painting of a time so long ago. And your life sounds so beautiful, walks through fields of grass and flowers. You are so aware of the beauty that surrounds you! Roxanne

Mary said...

Annette, just found your adorable blog and I love it. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos!

Morna said...

How did it take me so long to find your gorgeous blog? I know I've admired your work elsewhere ... Flickr maybe? .... anyway, I'm going to run "home" and add you to one of my blog lists right now! And then I'll go check out your etsy store ... but I won't be able to buy the lovely views, or the ancient tiles, or the handsome dog. Well .... maybe I could buy a dog. I've been hankering for a dog. Should I?
xox,
Morna

Arija said...

I am ropeable, this post did not show up on my automatic feed! It is lovely with the white violets and daffies and old wall paintings. Spring certainly has made some changes in your surroundings..