Glorious Spring Sunshine and an Ancient Yew Tree
It’s early March the sun is shining and it’s 16 degrees, days like this I don’t do ‘indoors’!!
Unfortunately it is a working day but Nick’s picked up on the ‘spring fever vibes’ too, so it was a unanimous decision to down tools and play truant!
That’s a big advantage of running our own business, as long as we get the work done we can put in the hours whenever we like. Feeling just a little guilty we put the answer phone on and giggling like a couple of school kids playing truant, we escaped out in the beautiful spring sunshine.
The Daffodil Way
I had been looking forward to walking ‘The Daffodil Way’ a ten mile circular walk on the border of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire starting in the pretty village of Kempley Green. Here wild daffodils grow in abundance in the fields and woods attracting thousands of visitors every year.
There is a guided walk on the 17th March, but as I have 2 daffodils in bloom in the garden and have found a few flowering down the lane, I decided we’d beat the rush and go today!
Although this is only about a 15 minute drive away from home, it’s an area we haven’t explored before.
It seemed a perfect day, have you ever found yourself saying ‘it was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky’ yet what is more lovely than looking up and seeing wonderful wispy clouds gently stretching across an expanse of blue, it gives me a feeling of utter peace and tranquillity.
I eagerly look around for my first sight of the daffodils, not a splash of yellow anywhere! Plenty of clumps of green leaves, ok so we are a couple of weeks early!
The sunshine is glorious and I wouldn’t have missed the walk for anything, it’s one of those days that you count your blessings and it feels so good to be alive!
St Bartholomew Church
We made a stop on the way home, in the village of Much Marcle to visit St Bartholomew’s Church.
This beautiful church with it’s wonderful stained glass windows dates from the 13th Century.
Within it’s grounds stands an ancient Yew tree, one of the oldest in England. The Church Council have a certificate stating that the tree is 1500 years old, that means it was planted in at least the year 500.
Records show the girth of the tree was measured in 1953 by the Reverend Graham Holley, 4 foot 6 inches from the ground it measured 30 foot 1 inch. It was measured again in 2006 and the girth was 30 foot 11 inches.
Still much alive and growing, it must have appreciated having 8 trailer loads of dead timbers and unnecessary branches removed in 2006.
The trunk is so huge that a bench has been constructed to seat several people.
It is indeed an awesome and formidable sight, I couldn’t help but wonder what life it had witnessed over a period of 1500 years.
I felt it was a privilege to see and touch something so old, for a while the daffodils were forgotten - but you can be sure there will be a hub on the Daffodil Walk eventually!