28.5.14

At Venus Pool


Since getting out and about, I have found a new, nearby refuge. Venus Pool is a 20 minute cycle away, a bird watching reserve with hides dotted about and rich in all kinds of wildlife. It is here that I go when I need that 'thing' which I can only get from tramping about in the green.


There is a new area of woodland opened up - it has been well over a year since I was in woods and I had almost forgotten how deeply they touch me. These woods are cultivated; a far cry from my old woods in the Cotswolds, which nursed remnants of the ancient Wychwoods in their heart. These are more Rivendell that Mirkwood, but to a thirsty soul they were bliss.  


Returning, down a long, straight track leading towards an oak tree.


 Buttercup fields glisten in the sun.

  
There are blowsy, overladen hawthorn trees lifted straight from a Samuel Palmer painting.


 There are strategically placed seats, just where you want them. With views.


 Naturally, the Wrekin overlooks it all. It is never far from the background.


 On the way home, I see the potato crops are starting to show through.


13 comments:

Bryan Short said...

Stunning scenery
That why I love this old country of ours

Nancy said...

I love Samuel Palmer's artwork. particularly his earlier work. Thanks for sharing your country rambles with us. :)

rossichka said...

Hello, Gretel! What a beautiful nature (it reminds ours)- touching the heart and filling it with joy! I like that green soft path, leading to the oak tree! It's alone, but never lonely...

Soozcat said...

England really is beautiful. I understand now why so many of the early American settlers pined for it in a harsh wilderness.

Jackie said...

I'm happy that your newish surroundings are feeding your soul. Its difficult to adjust to a different sort of countryside I'm sure.

Frances said...

I do like that name, Venus Pool. Grand that you've found it a good place to visit, and that there are all sorts of other nature loving beings (with wings, legs and so forth) who also appreciate the surroundings.

What a Day! The path to that oak tree shows perspective's beauty.

Those hawthorn trees really are giants. The benches really do seem to have been placed by someone who knows/knew the value of a view.

And the rows of the potato fields would want me to take out my sketchbook. I am so, so glad that you had your camera, Gretel. xo

Caroline B said...

Sheer heaven!

Dartford Warbler said...

What a beautiful place to walk in early summer!
The pool reminds me of New Forest pools where ponies and cattle come to drink.

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

So nice to see some blue sky. It has been raining in Sussex for days.
Jean x

Vintage Jane said...

What a lovely walk ...
M x

acornmoon said...

I am so glad that you are discovering new places, the very best form of exercise. Let's hope the summer is kind.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Like biking through paintings.

Laura Tieri said...

What a beautiful place! I love how that path leads to the tree! Thanks for sharing those great photos!