Thank you folks for not complaining about my long streak of photo-heavy posts - you realize I'm creating a record of my trip for myself - something I can look back on over the years and remember. Perhaps what you don't know is that each day I choose from between 100-200 photos selecting what I hope best reflects my journey. Today's bunch of photos was particularly difficult to choose between - they were all so exceedingly beautiful.
AND there will be a castle and a huge church with the best gargoyles ever as well as all the amazing landscapes and pathway pictures. I've winnowed them down to a somewhat reasonable number (yeah, right) and was just stunned by the gorgeousness! You're not getting it all in one post - just not possible - so today's post just reflects my journey from Guiting Power to Sudeley Castle on the outskirts of lovely, ancient Winchcombe.
The roads were wet as I left Guiting Power around 8:45am. But it wasn't raining thankfully.It's as if the little rain in the night made everything that much greener and more lush.
Oh look at that path - have you ever seen anything more inviting?
I had an extraordinary experience shortly into this hike - I saw some tiny birds flitting around in a bush and got in close with my camera disturbing an OWL that I hadn't even noticed!! I stood stunned as its large wings whooshed slowly as it flew away from me. A little later on the path I told a local couple about my experience and the fellow immediately asked me what colour was it? I said "brown" and he said "oh I'm so jealous - that was a tawny owl, they're nocturnal and it's very rare to see one - I've never seen one"! (And he had to be at least 70 years old!!) So that was my little treat in the forest today - too bad I didn't have the wherewithal to snap a picture!!
I'm in heaven!
And looky there - the clouds are dispersing - I think I'm having a magical effect on the weather!
I hope it doesn't look like I have my boots on the wrong feet today lol!
This is what I got to drink in with my eyes today, field after field. Just incredible.
Now that's my kind of path!
The gate looks sort of hidden...but there is a path there.
Quiet and still...
...just in time! Incredible vista!
And off in the distance - the Malvern Hills.
Down, down, down! Postcard shot!
Continuing down down down...
I have to make my way through several fields full of sheep!
Lots and lots of sheep!
I don't think this tree protector did its job!