Saturday, 3 May 2014

This and That.

Our house is just off to the right of this view looking up the public footpath that runs beside the little stream which gives it's name to the Streamside Walk.  The stream is down to the left behind the nettles and cowparsley.  It's hard to believe that there are hundreds of houses in close proximity and as the leaves on the trees begin to thicken that illusion becomes stronger.   As the weather warms up, the local children love to play in the stream which is very shallow so quite safe.   They are usually hidden by all the greenery but lots of laughter, squeals and splashing can often be heard.
This view is looking across the stream down there in the shadows, and there is a row of houses on each side of it with streets going off at right-angles all the way down to the bottom of the slope.   It must have been so lovely before all the houses were built - I believe it was farmland.    Thankfully the developers made a feature of the stream and various drainage channels feed it from both sides.   This is very necessary during wet weather - particularly last winter.

It has been glorious today and it made my daily walk all the more pleasant.   I have been busy catching up on some much needed springcleaning as I am expecting visitors on Wednesday and need to pace myself so as not to be worn out by the time they arrive.   I strained a muscle in my left leg back in January and it has made walking very uncomfortable.  Regular visits to the chiropractor are helping but recovery is infuriatingly slow, however the daily walks are beginning to make a difference at last.  I had become so lethargic and unfit that everything required so much effort, hence the need to pace myself.   There is nothing like the impending arrival of visitors to spur one into action!

I hope they don't want to walk round the garden - there are some magnificent weeds out there which I shall probably not have the time or energy to remove before they get here.  I've done a bit of weeding and tidying and my husband makes a lovely job of the lawns and keeps the shrubs in trim, but doesn't know a weed from something precious and always manages to flatten one plant while attending to another.

I do hope this lovely weather continues for the rest of the Bank Holiday especially as our youngest daughter and her husband are camping at Caldicott Castle near Chepstow.  They are taking part in Fortress Wales,   a re-enactment event this weekend.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend too.

9 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

The surroundings to your house look absolutely lovely Heather - it is not often that builders are so considerate.
Looking at the weather forecast just now it looks as though here in the North tomorrow may well be wet but further South you may miss it. I do hope so for your daughter's sake.

Julie said...

How wonderful to have a beautiful walk close by and I'm glad you are slowly getting back to enjoying it. It's so lovely for children to enjoy running through a little stream. I'm sure your visitors won't notice your 'weeds', tell them you're encouragig wildlife ;-) xx

Reifyn said...

That looks a lovely footpath: I wish I had one like that right outside my door, hiding all the buildings around. Sorry you've been injured: I know the feeling all too well...

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful footpath, must be lovely to live close by!

Hope you have a nice time with your guests...

Suztats said...

Lovely spot! Hope you're all rested by the time your guests arrive--I'm sure they wouldn't notice any weeds that might be there. They'd be too captivated by the view and their hosts.

Carol Q said...

beautiful Heather. So green. I love streams - memories of childhood and catching things. Been down near Chepstow today too strangely - wondered why the roads were so quiet lol. glad to hear you are making progress even if it is slow. x

sharon young said...

How wonderful, Heather, to live on the edge of somewhere so beautiful, glad to hear your leg is gradually getting better.

Robin Mac said...

What a beautiful place to live. I am so glad your leg has improved enough for you to enjoy walking in it again. Hopefully the weather stayed fine for your daughter - and for your visitors, but I am sure you would have enjoyed yourselves anyway. Cheers

Linda said...

You live in a lovely area Heather...hope the leg continues to improve so you can enjoy more walks. As for the visitors....maybe they like pulling weeds. I certainly do!!! :-)