Cherry blossom beside the Railway Paths in County Durham

Signs of Spring

During the current lock-down in the UK, we are allowed a single trip outside the house each day for exercise. Right next to our County Durham village we have a tremendous resource – a long sequence of ‘Railway Paths’ which have been created along the lines where railways used to run when the mines in this area were open. They are very well used, by walkers, cyclists and occasionally horse-riders. I have written about them before here.

It has been a real joy to see signs of Spring in the last few weeks, like blossom on the wild cherry trees that have been planted beside the paths.

Cherry blossom beside the Railway Paths in County Durham

There have been violets in groups, around tree roots.

violets along the railway paths in County Durham

In the field that we cross on our morning walk, there are cowslips.

Cowslips on the footpaths in County Durham

The trees are in bud.

Trees in bud along the Railway Paths in County Durham

On our way home we pass a bank (half in sun and half in shade) of primroses.

bank of primroses in County Durham

There have even been sightings of some bluebells, which are early this year. I have a great affection for bluebells and have used them in a fabric design, as I recounted here.

These lovely sights make the walks more pleasurable and the confinement more bearable.

Meanwhile, at home, working on the dining room table, 31 laundry bags and 21 headbands for NHS and care-workers have been constructed and are bagged up ready for delivery. (If you are new to this blog, you can read here and here about this.)

Amanda Jane Ogden sewing at the dining room table

Stay safe dear readers. Thank you for reading my blog.

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