Summer’s first breath

Alrewas Church from the canal.

Alrewas Church from the canal.

This post is another for Trevor Brown in Australia.

We’ve had a really fine few days, and I really feel now that summer is on her throne – the leaves are all fully out now, the whites and yellows of spring are turning to the reds and purples of summer, and nature and the landscape is resplendent in the multi-colured jacket the sun provides.

Yesterday, I took a leisurely spin around Amitage, Rowley, Hoar Cross, Scotch Hills, Dunstall and Barton, before returning via Alrewas and Fradley by the canal. Everything looked gorgeous, it was hot and I even got my legs out… 60 miles of fantastic south Staffordshire countryside. Just the tonic you need.

Here’s to a cracking summer. It’s not got off to a bad start.

For more of this sort of thing, please check out my 365daysofbiking journal

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9 Responses to Summer’s first breath

  1. Trevor says:

    Thanks a million Bob, I love Fradley and the pub on the canal is it the Swan? Alrewas the bridge to the river canal lock, what a walk that is,
    Are the blue bells out in the Bluebell wood on Chester Rd yet,
    Cheers Trevor

  2. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    beautiful photos! Trev…the bluebells are out in that wood again..but the split tree with its fairy pool..just as you go in to Stonnall village…was felled some years ago.( I hope that the fairies are still somewhere around, though )
    kind regards

  3. Pedro says:

    Bob’s Music…Summer’s First Breath…Epic45…

    • Hi Pedro

      Well done – I love it when people find my music references. Epic45 are gentle,, from Staffordshire, and create music of real beauty, in my opinion.

      The sound and lyrics to this are gorgeous in my opinion:

      Find out about Epic45 here:


      • Pedro says:

        Ah, thought for a minute it must be John Keats!

        Now you will have me going back through the Blog for Musical Headlines!

        I just realised that I once started a tag on Panoramio called Song Titles, and had not kept it up!

        All the best Pedro

        • So many of my Panoramio titles (when I was titling my pictures) were either song lyrics or titles.

          Lots of blog posts have music references in the titles too. Don’t know why. I think it appeals to my inner silliness. At least three in the last 10 days.

          Like the Panoramio tag!


  4. Dave (Eddy) Edwards says:

    Thanks for the intro to Epic45.
    Dave (Eddy) Edwards

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  6. Julian Beach says:


    I was brought up in Hoar Cross and was christened at the Holy Angels. My mother is buried there.

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