A sudden rush of busyness this week has meant blogging has had to take a back seat for a bit. The busyness was due partly to the inevitable backlog of chores after our lovely Christmas break and partly to the sudden need to think about and research the purchase of a new car after our trusty, almost sixteen-year-old workhorse comprehensively failed its MOT test (UK annual roadworthiness check) last week. Add to this the fact that our local vicar is off sick and I’m taking her services on Sunday, and life has become unusually hectic at the moment.
So when the rain finally eased off earlier in the week, it was good to get out for a couple of pleasant, if somewhat soggy walks on succeeding afternoons, and I even remembered to take my ageing camera with me. I make no apologies for the light levels, as it had been quite extraordinarily overcast and murky for days. Still, this is Wales and cloud features quite prominently in our weather at almost any time of the year. Luckily I love cloud as well as sunshine, and the big skies that are a feature of any view from up here are a source of constant satisfaction.
|The old homestead|
|Enough to ruin any car's suspension?|
|Big sky, big view......|
As I squelched along the edge of the field below the house, I became fascinated by the gnarled and twisted shapes of the hedgerow bushes that border the field. The hedge is old and neglected, but at some point in its life it had been properly laid, and its mixture of horizontal and vertical branches, shaped by wind and weather in this exposed spot, caught and held my interest as I walked. I hope my pictures do it justice…..