Five days: 4 – Just outside

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Well, I’m away… so cheating is allowed… more than one photo for day four of the five day photo challenge….

Fifty yards from my front door and we are in the fields. There are no real excuses for not walking. Not that I need any, especially this time of year. In winter, when the long grass is wet and cold, we take the lane out on to the managed fields, tilled and seeded ready for spring. A track skirts the edge and leads around the little copse, drier and firmer underfoot than other routes. But once the warmth returns, we need barely a minute to get in amid the buttercups.

ani walk june 053The path is little more than a grove in the green, worn by the other dog-walkers and the village children. In the middle of the day we seldom see another person, though life bustles all around us, from the bees and butterflies, to the spiders and insects, the occasional deer or rabbit and always the birds.

ani walk june 129Ani bounds like a small deer through the grass and flowers, hunting moths and exploring every trace of scent. I hang on to the long leash, doing my best to follow until we are safely past the farm roads where vehicles may be a danger, before letting her run free.

ani walk june 017The little wood offers deep shade and a place for her to explore. At present the nettles and flowers are waist high or taller… I lose sight of Ani often as she darts through the undergrowth chasing scents. Other dogs and the wild things offer her unlimited possibilities, while I listen to the silence of the trees.

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Back out into the meadow and we are surrounded by flowers. This is a beautiful time. The last of the chestnuts to hold their blossoms are the deep pink ones, tall trees covered in huge clusters of flowers and the first spikey orbs of conkers. Elders and wild roses brighten the hedgerows and even the nettles dangle their pearly blooms.

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The breeze ripples the meadow like water or a satin counterpane. A huge golden dragonfly flashes in front of us while at my feet a very aggressive little spider tries to warn us away from its web, a fabulous funnel of silk spread between the blades of grass. ani walk june 123

Everywhere you look there are flowers. I love the old names.. campion, borage, comfrey, speedwell and one, unknown, that I had never seen before. I wondered if it was a crop plant, seeded away from its home, or a garden escapee. Whatever it is, nestled amid the forget-me-nots and ox-eye daisies, it is beautiful.

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So much for a quick walk. An hour passes like minutes. There is an immediate sense of release when you leave the tarmac of the street and step onto the green earth; a sense of stepping into a place where time runs at a different pace and the cares of brickwork and concrete have no place. There is a healing in the earth that simply waits for us.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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32 Responses to Five days: 4 – Just outside

  1. Wow, Sue! If you actually live there, I am jealous! I long to be in the country, separated from the City mentality.
    It’s where I feel I belong.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. barbtaub says:

    Thanks so much for inviting us along on your gorgeous walk!


  3. denis1950 says:

    What a wonderful environment to live in Sue. Sure beats suburbia any day even if the internet is slower!!!


  4. Beautiful – a lovely playground for Ani. Sue, may I pinch ‘Listen to the silence of the trees.’ for a title to be used?


  5. jenanita01 says:

    You have no idea how much I am enjoying this, Sue. Just what I need at the moment.


  6. Mother Nature… You’ve gotta love her!


  7. Annika Perry says:

    A bit of cheating definitely allowed, especially when we are treated to such a feast for our eyes. A joy to join you for the walk and despite the grey damp outside feel as if I’ve been out in the beautiful fields and meadows. Thank you.


  8. How lovely to have such beauty so close by πŸ™‚


  9. TanGental says:

    might be a blue sow thistle?


  10. Adrian Lewis says:

    Sue, you are extremely lucky to be living so close to all this loveliness! Adrian πŸ™‚


  11. Jools says:

    A beautiful walk, made all the lovelier for being shared – thank you πŸ˜€


  12. olganm says:

    What a joy of a post… I saw calves and baby horses on my walk this week… I’ll take my camera or at least the phone next time. Gorgeous!


  13. evelynralph says:

    Reblogged this on evelynralph and commented:
    Wonderful pictures of the English wild lowers and peaceful countryside.


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Those fields look so inviting – your own little piece (peace) of heaven! I would be running and leaping, too, if I could get away with it! πŸ˜‰


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