Up with the lark!
A 6am walk this morning and it was well worth it as the cool breeze passed over the golden light of the rising sun hitting the open landscape and carried the pleasing scent of bog myrtle. Cotton flower softly shimmered around the heathland ponds which reflected the dawning light and enhanced the cloud formation in the big skies and far fetching views.
Ponies snoozed in the coolness of the morning reprieve before the irritation of the flies increases with the warmth. 3 cuckoos flew across the heath (that is starting to hint at its flowering colours) while skylarks, Woodlarks and stonechats entertained me with their morning calls.
Everything seems so fresh and new on this early summer's morning but my path is an ancient one as I pass a bronze age barrow and step into the old, native Denny wood with yew trees and oaks that could tell of our ancestors. Deer grazed the woodland rides and bounced and barked amongst the bracken while foxgloves hypnotised me into walking the paths they lined. I sat on a log and admired my surroundings for a while in complete gratitude for where I am on this planet taking in the sights, smells and sounds and watched a male red start hopping between the boughs before heading back out onto the heath to complete my walk. The sun was already warming the day and the landscape was dazzling as that dawn breeze was dropping.
Back home by 8am feeling very ready for my day after a delightful morning wander.
If you would like to join me for this walk (at the other end of the day) there are still spaces available for Thursday 😁
Go to the events page to see more details.