“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
June and July is a great time to see roses flowering throughout the Breamish Valley. By far the most common is the dog rose. It can be seen scrambling over hedges and fences at the moment – its sweet-scented pink or white flowers quite conspicuous.
Breamish Valley sky
Breamish Valley sky is above us, right?
“That’s a misconception, Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”
― Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere
After the recent hot weather, it’s fairly inevitable that we’d get a bit of thundery weather too.
The sky at Powburn showed some wonderful colours last night just shortly after a short-lived spell of heavy rain:
Spring has sprung!
Spring has sprung in the Breamish Valley!
There’s not much to say really. Just take a look at what’s taking place in the Breamish Valley. Life everywhere!
What a wonderful place to be!
Spring has sprung.
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the birdie is?
The bird is on the wing
But that’s absurd
Because the wing is on the bird!
(Poem often attributed to Ogden Nash)
Early Spring at Ingram
Cycling in early Spring at Ingram
Cycling along the Breamish Valley is one of my most pleasurable experiences. It’s an easy, relaxed ride along the Breamish Valley to Ingram Village:
It’s hard to get lost during early Spring at Ingram
What does wildlife or a wild place mean to you?
I realise how privileged I am to live in the countryside. Being in the Breamish Valley gives me daily access to mile upon mile of beautiful countryside: open moorland, high hills, undulating farmland and the picturesque River Breamish.
I never tire of cycling along the valley from Powburn heading towards Branton, Reaveley, Brandon, Ingram and on to Bulby’s Wood and Peggy Bell’s Bridge. Though I do have to be feeling quite fit to try and cycle any further up the hills to Linhope – I’m really just a leisure cyclist! The changing seasons mean there’s always something new to see. There’s always a new perspective.
Good things in nature
What do you think is good in nature?
- Active wildlife?
- Its beauty?
- The wide range of colours?
- Something else?
While each of us would probably answer the question in a slightly different way, Dr Miles Richardson and colleagues at the University of Derby1 have identified 10 themes that capture everyday good things in nature that promote a person’s sense of connection to nature:
Oh, Christmas tree…
If you’ve passed by the Powburn Community Garden recently you’ll have noticed it’s a whole lot lighter in there. Thanks to the efforts of Sid Smailes and an enthusiastic group of local helpers, the old and unmanageable conifer that formed the central focus of the garden has been removed to make managing the Community Garden easier and better for everyone who wants to visit it.
New sign for old
[All images © Robbie Burn 2013 – used with permission]
Thanks to Robbie Burn for smartening up the Hedgeley Parish Council noticeboard outside the Plough Inn in Powburn.
Robbie’s given it a new lick of varnish that should keep it looking smart and protected from the elements for a few years longer.