Hopwas Hays Wood – I think this is speedwell (No, it’s not, it’s Green Alkamet – thanks @Wilymouse!)
Yesterday, Good Friday 18th April 2014, was a good day for a ride – with the day off and the sun shining (although not as warm as one would have thought), I headed out to Staffordshire to cath the sun and beauty of spring.
Spring really is on her throne at the moment, and everything is bursting into life. Lambs are in the fields, birds are singing their hearts out and everything seems to have that seasonal imperitive going on.
Canwell to Hints Ford on Rookery Lane. Filmed real real time, great downhill at the end Music is The Runaway by Babe Ruth, a lost hippy classic.
This post is particularly for Trev in Australia, who we’re all still rooting for – get well soon, old chap. But it’s also for all those overseas readers who I know still love the English countryside at it’s best.
It was a great 70 miler, from Stonnall to Canwell, up to Hints, Hopwas, on the canal to Fisherwich and over to Elford, Harlaston and No Man’s Heath. Back via Netherseal, Lullington, Coton in the Elms, Whitemore Haye and Lichfield.
No Man’s Heath to Netherseal via Chilcote. Filmed real time. Music is ‘If You See A Chance Take It’ by Steve Winwood.
For more of this tomfoolery, the 365daysofbiking journal is still running…
Haunton apple blossom
Wrapped right round – Oilseed at The Devil’s Dressing Room
Canwell cherry blossom
Cyclist wonders about a mechanical on the canal at Hopwas
This yew was still waiting to lamb in Hints.
Oilseed rape as far as the eye can see at The Devil’s Dressing Room
Remain in light… Rickerscote from Syerscote Hill
Harlaston in sprintime is gorgeous
Honey Hill, No Man’s Heath. Real border country
Cherry blossom at Canwell
Clifton Campville from Edingale
Gravelly Lane, Stonnall
Chilcote waterworks from Honey Hill
Haunton apple blossom
Bluebells and possible Wood Anemone at Hopwas Hayes Wood
English bluebells at Hopwas Hays Wood
Te smell is intense, and to me, rather wonderful
Haunton churchyard – the somber graves of nuns from the local convent, which still exists.
Cowslips in Hints churchyard
Honey Hill looking toards the planes of East Staffordshire
Church Hill, Stonnal
Even dead nettles are beautiful
Oilseed rape at Hints
Across the oilseed rape to Clifton from Edingale
Hopwas Hays Wood – I think this is speedwell
Netherseal. These willows are wonderful in summer