Friday, 26 March 2010

The first field walk.

My first walk in the fields today, in Spring sunshine. How things have changed in the month when my back has confined me to lane walks. On the beck the marsh marigolds are coming into bloom and along the bank, here and there, lesser celandine open to the sunshine.
In the hedges the catkins are shaking their pollen - in places it lies thick on the ground. The rabbits that have survived our bitter winter are now fat and healthy and - judging by the way the dogs have their noses down rabbit holes - there are baby rabbits down there.
In the garden the snowdrops are now a faded white and in their place are drifts of crocus - my favourite are the purple and white striped ones and the shiny purple ones, both of which always remind me of old fashioned humbug boiled sweets. Do you remember them?
On our walk we set up a pair of mallard on the beck. In the hedges, where Tess likes to squeeze under, blackbirds pepper the stretch, one every thirty yards or so - many with beakfuls of moss and grass - nest building is in serious progress.
Yes, I think Spring has arrived. And with it, an improvement in my back. This is only a short blog as I don;t want to sit too long at the computer. But thank you so much to all of you who have sent me your good wishes and given me suggestions for improving my condition. I really do appreciate it.

32 comments:

maggi said...

So glad that your back is improving enough to enable you to get out again. What beautiful encounters have been waiting for you.

Jane Moxey said...

How lovely your walk sounds. I love the new photos at the top of your blog. Wonderful news that things are improving enough with your back to go for such a stroll!

jeannette said...

I'm curious what "boiled humbug sweets" are?
Actually walking is good for back problems, Weaver.
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Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So glad to see your return!
I have thought about you, wishing you well.
If one does have to be laid up in bed, make it by an open window in Springtime!
But, hopefully you are much better now!

Titus said...

Welcome back Weaver! Beautiful Spring header, and so good to hear you're getting out and about again.

Penny said...

So glad you are back sharing your walk with us. i would lov tobe there and see it all in person. take care.

Coastcard said...

Delighted to find your blog appearing in my feed/reader once again, Weaver. I love your spring flowers, and hope you really are in less pain.

ChrisJ said...

It all sounds wonderful. Yes, I remember the humbugs. Your banner looks beautiful with all the flowers. I miss being able to take the kind if walks you do. Our trails are formerly set in state parks -- none of this meandering across people's fields.

thousandflower said...

Your banner photographs are beautiful.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

So glad to hear you are up and about and enjoying Spring chez vous. Take care of yourself.

Totalfeckineejit said...

So pleased your back is back!

Dartford Warbler said...

I remember the humbugs too....

It is so good to hear that you are getting better and able to walk around the fields again.

Studio Sylvia said...

Wonderful that you can venture outside to greet the coming Spring. Glad to hear your back is improving. Take care.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Dear Weaver…it is simply wonderful to have you back! Your posts and photos—and most of all, you the person behind them—have been greatly missed. I hope spring will prove the healing medicine you need for your back. And if you must keep your missives brief, or irregular, so be it…I'm just glad to know you're on the mend.

Gramma Ann said...

Glad to hear your back is feeling better. I went for a nice spring walk today also. It feels good to be out in the fresh warm air.

kameleonquilt said...

So great to hear you are doing better, - and are able to enjoy the spring time. Love your photo at the top.

willow said...

It's nice to hear you are feeling well enough for a nice spring walk, Weaver! xx

Hildred and Charles said...

Happy that you are mobile again Weaver, - take care!

Cloudia said...

So glad you can stroll in the springtime...and the blogosphere, Dear.




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Midlife Jobhunter said...

Yes, so glad you are doing better. Sounds like quite a healthy and productive walk. I remember snowdrops from living in the US north. So difficult for those and crocus, tulip, etc. to grow at my house now. Glad you are enjoying them. Please continue to get better.

Pam said...

Slowly does it Weaver - a gentle walk works wonders. So glad you are up and about again.When backs play up like that it's good to know that time and a bit of exercise sees them right eventually.Take care and don't do too much too soon.x

dinesh chandra said...

good post flowers are reminder me my childhood with my maternal grandfather's house in hill of uttranchal.

great god bless u.

regards

Dinesh Chandra

Bob said...

Hi Weaver, I like your header with all the spring flowers. I always feel better when spring arrives. I remember the Humbugs although I never really liked them much as a child. Bob.

Derrick said...

Hello Weaver,

What more colourful representation of Spring than your header! Quite beautiful enough to lift everyone's spirits. And I'm so glad you're feeling stronger. Best wishes to you and the farmer.

Karen said...

Welcome "back"!... but remember not to sit at the computer for too long a stretch.

Mac n' Janet said...

Glad you're well enough to walk again through the fields. Your picture is glorious. I use to think that summer was the best season, but as I grow older I find that it is spring with its sense of renewal that i prefer.

Pondside said...

I'm so glad to read that you have been able to get outside to enjoy some of the pleasures of the new season. Here's hoping for continued improvement!

Nishant said...

So glad to see your return!
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Heather said...

Welcome back Pat - I have missed you. So glad you are able to get out and about and enjoy your walks again. The gardens are really waking up now, even if they want to go back to bed next week!

Golden West said...

So glad to see you back - I've missed joining you on walks across your countryside. "Blackbirds peppering" - what a great visual!

BT said...

How lovely to be walking across the fields again. Your descriptions are so 'alive', I loved reading this. Short but very sweet. Such good news on the 'back' front! Can one say that? lol.

Barbara Martin said...

Walking is good exercise for the back. I loved the visuals produced from your narrative of your walk.