A glorious September morning

My daughter had asked me if I could drive her to school yesterday, as a treat for her birthday. Being on annual leave, it gave me the opportunity to treat myself as well.

Over the past six weeks, I had been working so much, there had been no time for early morning walks but with the weather being so glorious on this Thursday morning, I really enjoyed a walk round a local park after

having a coffee under the trees. This reminded me of the day I had walked to the same park for the first time, once lockdown had started to be eased, except now we could be heading in the opposite direction. Thus, it appears to be a case of make hay while the sun shines.

I’d already taken a walk through the same park on Wednesday with a friend but then our objective had been to seek out a pub in the neighbouring village. It had also been gloomy rather than brilliantly sunny, so here is the upshot of my amble round the more formal part of the park the next morning.

There seem to be more crows about this year. Or perhaps I have not taken the time to observe my local environment in such close detail before.
The bark on the silver birches is so beautiful.
Even though I am favour of less formal gardening and the zealous management of nature more generally, I still enjoy a formal garden from time to time.
Besides, there was also a wilder part to the park just beyond the garden. Here is the local river, round which untamed nature has been left to flourish. This does include Himalayan Balsam, which perhaps does need to be managed, but I dare say it is good for something.

All in all, I was so uplifted by the relaxing start to the day, I then had a productive time at home. This included planting out a rosemary seedling. After managing to kill off the last one, I hope this will survive in the forest garden, where it should not be in ground which gets too damp.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to A glorious September morning

  1. I’m very pleased you got that in in time.

  2. Belated Happy Birthday to your daughter! A walk in the sunshine really does get the day off to a good start!

  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    It looks like a beautiful day there, Helen. Wishing your daughter a happy birthday!

    That silver birch is a beautiful specimen.

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I wish your daughter a belated happy birthday. I am so glad you were able to treat yourself to a relaxing walk in nature 🙂

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