This green and pleasant land

Food for the soul!

Liz and I took a socially distanced walk together with Brindley and Ted. We were completely bowled over by the spectacular countryside and the bright, brand new, verdant May foliage. The colours of greens that you only witness at this special time in Spring and for such a short time too. Heralding the start of warmer weather… the summer and the promise of better things to come.

Luckily I took a camera with me on this walk so I was able to capture to some extent the perfect May day we had been so lucky to share.

The walk we took was an 8 km walk which started and finished at the Great Western Pub in Aynho. As and when we rejoin the real world, and the pub is open then this will be a perfect place to quench our thirst at the end of a spectacular stroll!

A cliche perhaps but its days like these that bring to mind a famous piece of poetry!


William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.

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  1. Witnessing the coming of Spring does seem exceptionally magical this year. In London the sound of birdsong has been extraordinary.

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