Saturday, 2 May 2009

A Walk Amongst The Bluebells

It's Bluebell time in England and I did not want to miss the flowers now that they are fully out so decided to have a walk in the woods before lunch this morning. I remember as a child picking armfuls of them and taking them home but they are now an endangered species so picking them is against the law.

I invite you to acompany me on this walk - you won't be disappointed. I just wish I could capture the delicately scented perfume that surrounds us as we walk through the flowers.

We arrive at Westleigh Heights and stop to capture the River Thames which is looking very hazy in the morning sun.
We are going to walk across this field on the left which usually has cows in but none there today.

We enter the woods



and our senses are immediately heightened
by the beautiful perfume



















We walk the many different paths




Yours truly, wishing she could pick just one





Where the sun catches them they
look like a haze in the distance




















Mixed with Pink Campion



and White Vetch

































We have now left the woods behind
and on our way back to the car
pass fields of yellow Buttercups
Hope you enjoyed



30 comments:

zetor said...

I adore bluebells , the colour is so intense. There are some in the wood nearby , but they are not in full bloom yet.

Sue said...

THANK YOU so much for this beautiful walk through the woods!!!

To me, bluebells are the absolute caption of spring. What a beautiful site you have to enjoy. I am so saddened to hear they have become an endangered species for you. Just another sign of the times, I am afraid.

Again, thank you so much for taking us all on this beautiful "walk" this Saturday afternoon. I will remember it for some time to come!

Andrea said...

Barbara, I am amazed at the beauty you shared today! The flowers are very lovely! I can only imagine taking such a walk and enjoying the Creator's work in your incredible country.

Thank you! Many blessings to you and your family!

Andrea

bennie and patsy said...

So happy to walk with you. They are just beautiful. Thanks
Patsy

Carolyn said...

What a lovely walk.I love bluebells also.
Carolyn

Susie said...

What a beautiful place to walk and enjoy springtime :)
Thanks for sharing all the delightful photos!

Sara said...

They are such a gorgeous color...I could look at it all day long and never tire of it.

Wish I could smell that fragrance!

I think, though, my favorite shot is the second one showing the bluebells in the foreground, the field in the distance, and the path curving away into the mysterious unknown.

debbie bailey said...

I was going to ask why you couldn't pick one when I saw Sue's comment about them being endangered. How can that be when they're so plentiful? Or are they? They are so very 'English'.

Needled Mom said...

I am so surprised that they are endangered as they look so plentiful in the photos. They are such a lovely color, aren't they? I would want to bring back bouquets full to enjoy.

Thanks for sharing them with us.

Deanna said...

Our walk put a smile on my face.
Can we stay awhile longer before returning to a busy world?
How lovely and refreshing this walk was!
Thank you for showing me this path and the lovely Bluebells.
Wish I could actually see these beauties in person and smell their fragrance.

This post is wonderful.
Blessings to you.

Linda said...

Isn't Spring fabulous? Even though it happens every year it always seems like a surprise.

Elizabethd said...

That was an absolute feast. We jsut dont see them in this area of France, or very rarely. I do have a small patch of imported ones in my garden!

Winifred said...

Oh that was lovely. I can almost smell them. Thanks for the trip.

Mike said...

Nice. Didn't know they were endangered! Come to my garden and pick as many as you like Barbara :)

Willow said...

I expected to see more happy bluebell fairies than the one you posted. It definitely looks like fairyland!

Vee said...

What a dreamy path that was! It must've been so difficult not to pinch off just one. Wonder what could've happened that they are now in trouble... Thank you for the beautiful walk...

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This was an amazing walk through the bluebells. You have such gorgeous pictures here. What a serene setting. You have spring and we have temperatures in the eighties. Too hot already.

Betty said...

Barbara,
I am totally amazed at the masses and masses of Bluebells...and to actually seem them and inhale the scent must be heavenly...

Blessings...Betty

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Bernideen said...

Thanks for the lovely trip! England is so beautiful!

Charm and Grace said...

Your photos always do amaze me. These are almost surreal... like a dream or fairy land. Does it feel that way when you're walking through or is it just your beautiful touch with the camera? Those blues are so beautiful and then mixed in with wisps of white... like a fine painting... much finer in fact because it was painted there for us by the Master. :)

God bless you sweet friend,
Christi

Maree said...

Magical!!

Dick and I dream of coming to England to The Chelsea Garden Show....it's on our bucket list~

Really enjoyed the walk!

Sharon said...

Oh my!!!How exquisitely lovely!What a lovely country you live in and what a lovely post!Thanks so very much for sharing these with us!Love~Sharon

Melanie said...

That was so lovely Barbara. I was doing just the same thing back home in Oxfordshire at the weekend. I wish Blogland had smellavision so I could share that relaxing smell too.

Peggy said...

What a wonderful blog to find. I would love to add you to my list and invite you to visit me in Kentucky, USA. My heritage is from England. Rudd and Brooke are my English Ancestor names. It is cold here in Kentucky so as a friend advised I am "making my own sunshine." and your blog helped. Blessings

Caroline said...

A wonderful walk, thank you! In Sweden we have to wait for the bluebells for a month or more.

Knitting Mania said...

Hello Barbara...checking in on you. Wow enjoying your stunning photo's once again.

Sounds and looks like all is well at, "Ramblings from an English Garden"!!!

Blessings....

Hillside Garden said...

Hi Barbara, wonderful Impressions from british bluebells.
The spanish bluebells in my garden are the pest, they are everywhere, I do not like them. When I can change the time, I would never plant them.

Sigrun

Sand Flat Farm said...

Wow - thanks for posting these lovely pictures! It's quite beautiful and reminds me of pastures of bluebonnets here in Texas. The bluebells look like a blue cloud has settled in amongst the trees. Loved it!

Carol said...

These are so beautiful.
We went to Brentwood a couple of weeks ago and went for a walk through the woods there. And there were acres of beautiful Bluebells - very similar to the ones you show.
Thanks.
Bless you.
Carol