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…
Canwell cherry blossom
Harlaston in sprintime is gorgeous
Clifton Campville from Edingale
Haunton apple blossom
Chilcote waterworks from Honey Hill
Honey Hill looking toards the planes of East Staffordshire
Haunton apple blossom
Remain in light… Rickerscote from Syerscote Hill
Cherry blossom at Canwell
Across the oilseed rape to Clifton from Edingale
Oilseed rape at Hints
Haunton churchyard – the somber graves of nuns from the local convent, which still exists.
Netherseal. These willows are wonderful in summer
Te smell is intense, and to me, rather wonderful
English bluebells at Hopwas Hays Wood
Honey Hill, No Man’s Heath. Real border country
Cyclist wonders about a mechanical on the canal at Hopwas
Gravelly Lane, Stonnall
This yew was still waiting to lamb in Hints.
Church Hill, Stonnal
Hopwas Hays Wood – I think this is speedwell
Bluebells and possible Wood Anemone at Hopwas Hayes Wood
Cowslips in Hints churchyard
Wrapped right round – Oilseed at The Devil’s Dressing Room
Oilseed rape as far as the eye can see at The Devil’s Dressing Room
Even dead nettles are beautiful