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Home in time for the bluebells!

Is anything quite so entrancing as a bluebell wood?

Is anything quite so entrancing as a bluebell wood?

The raindrops glisten in the sunshine

The raindrops glistening in the sunshine

My first walk when I returned home was through the bluebell woods at Durham.  I was a little sceptical when I set out.  The skies were dreary and rain hung in the air.  But by some touch of fairy magic, as we parked the car, the sun burst through.  The river sparkled, the sheep munched away happily, and the greatest joy of all – a sea of bluebells as far as the eye could wander.

Dappled shade played over the sign

Dappled shade played over the sign

There’s no sign of the railway these days.  Houghall Discovery Trail lies behind the Pumphouse Restaurant and Houghall College, off the A177 road into Durham.  The link will give you a lovely bit of background information.  The name derives from Heugh-Halh, meaning ‘hill spur- water meadow’.  I hadn’t realised the meaning of Heugh (pronounced Hyuff), yet I should have done because over on Hartlepool Headland we have our very own Heugh, or hill spur.

But let’s get back to the bluebells, shall we?

This is probably my favourite shot

This is probably my favourite shot

And even a bench for Jude (but not for this month's challenge)

And even a bench for Jude (but not for this month’s challenge)

And some leaf patterns on a tree for Meg

And some leaf patterns on a tree, for Meg

And everywhere, that sumptuous carpet of blue

And everywhere, that sumptuous carpet of blue

Speckled with 'sometime' white

Speckled with ‘sometime’ white

I could have made this a Jo’s Monday walk, but I’m starting to stockpile my walks.  Nice to just share a few bluebells with friends.  I hope you have a lovely weekend, and it’s probably not too late to find some bluebells.

But first you should play Six Word Saturday with Cate at Show My Face.  See you Monday!

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157 comments

  1. Lovely, lovely – nothing like blue flowers! And May woods. Poppytump got me over here – I’ve been unable to roam the blogosphere much for a while due to work constraints. I love the leaf shadows on the tree trunk, too. I hope all is well with you – looks like it is!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne 🙂 I can’t remember the last time I stopped by yours either. I had to rush off to Nottingham. Bit of a crisis for my daughter, so I’m sorry for my late response. I’ll come calling soon. 🙂

  2. So late over here again Jo, and probably too for the bluebells, but it’s lovely to enjoy your gorgeous photos. Love our beautiful countryside at this time of year especially.

    1. Never too late for my blog, Sherri! I know you have a lot going on 🙂 I was scandalously lazy this afternoon and spent it in the garden! Our first real sunshine this year. May I be excused? 🙂 🙂

      1. Well, honestly Jo, I can’t believe it! Haha…yes, I think you can be excused, such scandelous behaviour is fully justified in this instance 😀

    1. I was on a wild garlic walk today, just before the skies opened and we had the full on thunder and lightning show 🙂 Found a few more bluebells too, but I thought enough was enough 🙂 Thank you!

  3. lovely walk through the bluebells, Jo! you captured very well the beauty of the place, carpeted with bluebells. like in a fairy tale book. 🙂

  4. This with six words on Saturday …. still I can’t get my head around, but with posts and images like this … who cares. Jo, thank you for bringing them … to my spring. There is nothing I miss so much as the blue carpets in spring … over in UK, beside my friends I left behind. Such a stunning view. Especially on piece of forest as you drive in to Portpatrick in Scotland – the ground is totally blue … hardly see any green. My pick is the last image .. even if I love the blue bells … that little pretty white has the main part.

    By the way I have passed on a challenge to you – but no pressure what so ever for joining.
    http://wp.me/p293Pw-b5W

    1. Hi Vivi! 🙂 I turn my back for 2 seconds and here you are! I spent all morning on the laptop because it was raining, then put TV on while I did the ironing. It’s Chelsea Flower Show this week and I love it. Lots of programmes on it and I watch them all!
      I know- my six words are a bit of a joke, but thank you for loving my bluebells 🙂 I bet the challenge is 5 photos, 5 stories 🙂 It’s been going the rounds and I think Sue passed it to you?

      1. Yes, it was Sue that passed it on to me .. I checked if she had passed it on to you before I handed it over. Chelsea Flower Show never been, but I have been to the Hampton Court … twice. I have friends that are at the show just now.

      2. I do too! (have a friend at the flower show) I’d love to go myself 🙂 No worries, Vivi- I have 3 nominations I think, but I just haven’t had time. It needs to fit snuggly between the walks and Mondays come around so fast! 🙂

  5. Heavenly bluebells ! Well done on your captures Jo .. lovely haze in the sunlight … I’ve been on the hunt too this weekend , in fact looking at these you weren’t snapping at my heels where you ;-D

      1. Lol Jo … get away with you 😉
        Mystical yes … I’m just listening to Ronald Binge .. Elizabethan Serenade on Classic FM and feel like I could be tripping through those bluebells …. *tripping eeek I’ve only a mug of tea in hand honest …

    1. Hi Suzanne 🙂 Burning the midnight oil, as usual? I’ve never seen these woods of ours so packed full of them. A little bit special. As are you, hon. Thanks for your visit. 🙂

  6. What a lovely walk through the bluebells, Jo. It makes me think of that song “tiptoe through the tulips” by Tiny Tim. Do you remember him? “Tiptoe through the bluebells!”

    1. Ha! I’m just heading over your way now, Cathy! 🙂 I’m on Pommepal’s Dunedin Chinese garden just about to follow your link. I’ve never fancied cruising (nor had the money) but Milford Sound in NZ almost convinced me. 🙂 Yes- I remember Tim. Welcome to my fairy dell 🙂

      1. I told Pauline that I visited the actual garden, Yuanyuang Garden in Shanghai that Dunedin is modeled after. Whenever I get around to writing about that, I guess she can change her link, if she wants to! I suggested she might want to, but who knows when I’ll get to it. I’m not a fan of cruising, but then I don’t really know as I’ve never done one. Hugs. xxx

      2. Quite often I set off to visit my commenters and get sidetracked when I see another friend. I’d just read your comment to Pauline and said to myself- right, that’s it! Must make time for Cathy 🙂 I’ll be back to carry on but I need to start my Monday walk. Dad’s here, snoozing after lunch…. 🙂 No James this weekend so temporary respite from ironing 🙂

  7. I would love to sit on that bench and just admire those beautiful blue bells. Your favourite photo is also mine as I love how the light is just falling onto that patch of blue and makes it look as though it has a light shining from within and then framed with the spring green leaves, gorgeous Jo.
    Hope your cold is soon better. Was it caught on the flight home? Do you have flu injections in UK? We have them here but this year they were a month late and so many people have colds this year, including us, but we are fully recovered now…

    1. Hello Pauline 🙂 I was about to wing my way to you and Jack. I’m glad my fairy dell brought back happy memories. It was simply a magical sight, even though I was in the company of some 15 walkers. We just stood and stared! ‘Take photos, Jo’ I was told. So I did! (usually they’re saying ‘come on, hurry up 🙂 )
      We do have flu jabs, Pauline, but I didn’t bother, I don’t think I can blame the plane. It was simply much warmer in Krakow than in my frozen north 🙂

  8. I really agree with Jack – and hoe you find things that bring a post to life! I have never seen bluebell woods quite like this – I have seen some fields – but the woods here have an enchanting feel – indeed – oh – and one little thing – as I read this post I just have this Texas ice cream company in my mind – Just read an article about how a listeria outbreak has really crippled them:

    “Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products, the Texas company announced Friday.”

    anyhow, the beauty I see here reminds me that with a name like blue bell – and with the quality they are known for – well hopefully they will recover.
    ~~~

    xxoo

    1. There’s an icecream van in my upcoming walk, Yvette (or there will be when I get to it!). My husband is a huge fan of the creamy type, covered in monkey’s blood (don’t panic- that’s strawberry sauce to you and me 🙂 ) I wish them good luck!
      Yes, I know this coincides with bluebonnet time. Don’t think I’ll ever see Texas. My associations are the rapeseed and Dorothy in the land of Oz- a whole different story 🙂 Am I rambling this morning? Anyway- thank you for your kind words.

      1. thx for sharing about the straberry sauce – ha! and I am not feeling too sad about the Blue Bell situation – because I just read this:
        “Blue Bell had failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013”
        so looks like a costly CONSEQUENCE – I still feel bad – but someone dropped the ball for a while.
        anyhow, looking forward to seeing the ice cream van…. when you get to it that is…. in the meantime – a cone for u 🍦

  9. You notice things that brings your post to life, the leaf patterns on the tree the white daisies.
    This post brought back memories of a magic Blue bell walk I did.
    Thank you for capturing the atmosphere so well.
    It brought memories flood back of a day that seemed to have been designed especially for Pauline and me.

    1. Oh, Jack- that’s wonderful to know. It brought a huge smile to my face as I pictured the scene. 🙂 I owe you and your lovely lady visits. Be there soon 🙂

  10. ” … a sea of bluebells as far as the eye could wander.” I love that phrase. We have bluebells here in the Seattle area, but I’ve never seen them in such profusion in the woods. What a delight!

  11. I love a bluebell wood, but always find them so damn difficult to photograph. I can never seem to capture that intense carpet of blue that my eye sees. You have done an excellent job though and I really appreciate the bench. Can I have a little sit there and admire the view?
    Oh, and those white somehings are Greater Stichwort I do believe 😀

    Now where can I find a bluebell wood close by?

    1. Tish was asking the same question this morning 🙂 It’s true- the blue is so intense when you’re in the midst of it but it seems to fade at the sight of a camera. Thanks for the kind words, lovely lady. 🙂

    2. I know that feeling of being entranced by a display of wildflowers but having trouble photographing it in a way that conveys the feeling I experienced.

      Do you happen to know the scientific name for your bluebells?

      1. Many thanks, Steve. 🙂 I know this is your sphere of expertise. For me, I’m just spellbound by the loveliness. Cheers for your help 🙂

      2. Actually I approach the subject more visually than botanically. I’ve been practicing photography since the late 1960s but never even had an introductory botany course in college. I’ve acquired some botanical knowledge over the past 15 years as a consequence of photographing so many plants, but I still feel like I know very little.

      3. Don’t ask! Immaculate against Isner in the 3rd round then went out to Wawrinka, who played a blinder in the quarters. Nothing to loose now when it comes to the French. He’s down to no. 7 😦

      4. Never. I don’t like crowds so I avoid anywhere that attracts them. I really prefer looking at gardens on my own, or with someone who does their own thing too. Meg and I got on well like that. Have you been?

      5. I do know what you mean about crowds- not my thing either, and we always say that you probably see more of Chelsea on TV, but it’s one of those places I’d like to see for myself, just once.

      6. Ah, so there are Spanish bluebells too. The situation gets more complicated, and I see from the linked article that the Spanish ones interbreed with the native English ones.

  12. And PS here in the States, Texas is known for its bluebell season -now! Fields and fields of them as far as the eye can see (because lacking trees means forever views!). My brother lives in Austin so I’ve visited a couple times during ‘the season’.

    1. Greetings from Austin, Sammy D. I’m wondering if you meant bluebonnets

      https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/a-wider-view-of-dense-bluebonnets/

      rather than bluebells (and I see that restlessjo replied to your comment by mentioning bluebonnets).

      We do have two species of wildflowers in Texas called bluebells, both of which are different from the bluebells in Europe, and one of which you can see here:

      https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/a-bluebell-colony/

      1. Oh yeah! Thanks for the correction!! 😀. I saw Jo’s fields and all I could think of was my Texas spring visits!

        If she oosts a yellow rose, I won’t call it the yellow daffodil of Texas!

  13. Jo, these are – bar none – some if the most exquisite photos I’ve ever seen. If ever there was a visual of fairies’ homes, this is it. I am so glad you included that map. Every map is a work of art, not to mention good for orienting. As I delve into my mapping posts, I realize blogs like yours and Jude’s would be much more meaningful if I could pinpoint your sojourns. Just yesterday I purchased a map if the UK; now I need to find a goid one for Portugal and Poland and wherever you are headed next 😉

      1. Yeah, I use Google Earth to find some WOW stuff, but for tracking you and Jude, I get more personal ‘juice’ from paper maps. I guess it’s like the difference between Kindle and books. My emotional connections come through touch far more readily than through a screen.

  14. Are there bluebell woods in Poland? This one is indeed enchanting: I’dlike a stroll there – tomorrow. Worn out today. Your final photo is a special one too, backgrounding bluebells and foregrounding daisies – a nice narrative twist.

    And you are the most satisfying blogging interlocutor. You read so thoroughly and you notice the obsessions of your blogging friends, even though I haven’t made a huge feature of leaf patterns (have I?) Thank you for that gift.

    1. I don’t know if there are, Meg. They’re a different kind of woods in Poland. At Belchatow we were surrounded by them- mostly pine- and I don’t recall seeing any bluebells. I thought you would like the bark and tree patterns. Have you been chasing twins? 🙂

      1. But does it trip off the tongue? Or rip the tongue out? Actually, I can almost say it. So yes, I’ll agree with nice! Won’t guarantee to remember it though.

      1. A cold late in season is not fun at all, especially when the cold winter months have long past. Hope 100% strength gathers and returns quickly for you.

  15. I love the bluebell carpets in the woods at this time of the year, Jo. Glad you made it home in time! 🙂 Wonderful cheerful impressions!

  16. An extra walk 🙂
    Beautiful bluebells, Jo – I haven’t really seen any this year ‘cus I haven’t been around. Perhaps I can put that right this weekend. If not, I have at least shared yours 🙂

  17. Mm-mmmm. Nothing like the delicate scent of bluebells. And the colour. I need to rush out and find a wood. There must be one somewhere round Wenlock. Happy weekend, Jo 🙂

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