A couple of months ago Sue and I went for a wee trip to the river. You might remember it, photos of moi sitting paddling feet in water, rock pools, sunshine, pretty flowers. Your average rather gorgeous spring heatwave day out sort of pix.
Well this weekend the rain stopped, (yes it actually stopped raining!) so we decided to head off to the river again to take some photos.
Yes there were pretty flowers, colour everywhere. Lots and lots of green.
Great BIG green stuff everywhere. Had we perchance stumbled unknowingly into a cross between Avatar and Triffid land?
This is Gunneria Tinctoria (well, actually that’s Sue posing quite dramatically in front of said Gunneria (a.k.a. giant rhubarb).
In spring this was all so gentle. It was a soft walk of admiration and sighs. Of pretty pictures and pastel colours.
Now we feel like interlopers. Nature has reclaimed her country, is throwing everything upwards, reaching for the sky.
Huge plants, a mass of greenery that feels like a jungle. The pathway is a few pebbles wide and the weeds grow deep and oh so very fast.
The feeling of gentle calm has been replaced by one of awe and just a slight feeling of unease.
Great for photos though. Well it would have been even greater if yours truly had not been trying just a wee bit too hard to reach a flower on a tree. “I’ll just get a shot of this one” I said as I stepped lightly (I always step lightly, remember my gazelle like qualities) off the path and into the jungle. How the heck was I to know that there was no ground there and the greenery was just a mass of leaves. Oh joy, down and down I went. I felt like Alice going down the rabbit hole. Any minute now I expected someone white furry and furious to rush past waving a pocket watch. Nothing like that happened, Sue’s face appeared in the green light above me. Sue’s face split in half by a huge grin and bouncing all over the place as she shook with laughter.
“Is your camera okay? Oh God that was hilarious, wish I’d taken a snap” – Good old Sue get the priorities right. I clambered out of my green cave and just fell on to the path as an old couple hove into view. I dread to think what they thought I was up to emerging from nowhere with a giant leaf on my head.