My current walks from home can be repetitious, but there are many ways to add variety. Let’s see how much you recognise as we wander through a few lanes and back along the river. We’ve looked over this wall together, though I don’t remember the horses. And how about that rock, shaped like a bottle-nosed dolphin? I very nearly missed the cairn, nestling among the boulders.
My husband is an avid litter picker, a practise I find tedious, though sadly necessary, so I have developed a keen eye for distracting details. Passing motorists must wonder what I’m staring at, while he scours the roadsides. A minute flower, shy in grassy surrounds, or a fragile cluster of froth, swaying to tantalise with the slightest puff of breeze. A straying guinea fowl. Though two’s company. If I’m really lucky, a butterfly to follow, hopefully, as it flits from nectar to nectar.
I develop new enthusiasms as the season ticks over, forsaking poppies reluctantly, but delighted by thistles and their many lilac hues. Morning glory has such a pretty name. Solagnum, not so much. Small, pure white cistus, I love, and the ever faithful rose.
At the Ermida da Nossa Senhora de Saude we carry on towards the river. In the bright sunlight I imagine the spikey agave leaves as a dinosaur, stalking its prey. Suddenly a shower hits, and we scamper for the scant shelter.
Minutes later the sun is beaming again, and it’s on down the road to Tavira, the wildflowers making cheerful company.
But it’s not all as pretty as a picture. Beneath the railway bridge, graffiti lurks.
And then you’re welcomed by the riverside walk, with its feast of flowers, and a view I’ve come to love.
Increasingly Tavira has become a tourist town. It’s easy to see why, but I have to admit to preferring it without them, so this little sojourn has its advantages. I can’t help smiling with pride, though, when someone stands by ‘my’ river, admiring.
Time to share some of your walks. Many thanks for continuing to walk with me. I love your company!
Leading off with Debbie, and a place that I know rather well :
Cheryl shows us a little more of enchanting South Korea :
It comes in all shapes and sizes. Drake shares his from Denmark :
And Colline from her home in Montreal
While the woods are greening up nicely for Margaret :
And Jude swirls us into a lesson on beautiful Bluebells :
Karen shows us a seriously empty Sydney!
And Janet takes us on a postcard walk 🙂 :
Denzil is as informative as ever. He’s my Belgium expert :
Always worth climbing a hill for a glimpse of water. Thanks, Irene!
And Sandra is so glad to be back!
It’s always worth following Cathy, to see what colourful thing her eye has found this time :
I’ll have another walk for you next week, and then we’ll see how it goes. Around the world we are starting to look beyond the grip of this virus. I look forward to a day when we can walk without restraint. Till then, stay safe!