Monday, 15 June 2009

A day in my life

Its been quite busy around here and I almost forgot that yesterday was the 14th so time for "a day in my life". Some of the days I write about seem very rushed as I ferry the boys around and fit in work and the allotment but this month the 14th was a very gentle calm day. As I hadn't really noticed the date I only have photos from the first half of the day when I was out for a walk, I completely missed taking pictures of the rest of the day.

My walk was with my eldest son and we were in "Watership Down" country, rolling countryside and banks planted with lovely old beech trees.

There were plenty of opportunities to photograph the wild flowers, just the right time to see the wild orchids.

We were walking well away from roads and the only sounds were the skylarks and the buzzing of the bees.

The yellow of the oilseed rape has faded now but there were plenty of poppies around the edge of the field

and fragrant dog roses in the hedges.

We set off early for our walk and it was still only mid-morning when we returned to the car so we decided to treat ourselves to coffee. Well, coffee for me and a strawberry frappucchino plus a muffin for him. He is not leaving home until the autumn but already I seem to have a need to feed him up before he goes!!

We took our drinks away (not very eco but it really was too nice to sit inside) and drank them at Greenham common. In the recent past Greenham Common has been very busy, as a RAF airbase in the last war and later as an American Airbase. It once boasted the longest runway in Europe but now it is more peaceful, most of the structures have been dismantled and it is being managed to encourage wildlife.

From here it was home to lunch and an afternoon pottering in the garden and at the allotment. Salad and redcurrants were ready for picking.

Back to cook dinner of stir fried vegetables and sausages and then an evening sorting out some of my photographs on the computer. I really do have too many photos and must do some severe pruning.

My husband offered to pick up our eldest from his evening shift so I was able to go to bed at 10pm. Compared to some of my frantic days this one was a lovely calm day, I hope for many more this summer.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful day -beautiful pictures too!

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

The idea of Greenham Common becoming what is is now was a dream but a few short years ago. Thank you for the images of it as it has now become.

willow said...

Yes, Peter, its hard to relate the peaceful place the common is today with all the news footage of Greenham that I remember watching on the television (I didn't live in the area back then so I didn't know it then).
I mentioned that most of the structures have been removed but the control tower and an area of the runway remain, together with other bits such as posts from the perimeter fence. I am pleased that it is being managed for wild life and that the public have access, after all it is a common, but I think its good that a few reminders of that time remain and that the history hasn't been totally wiped away. We need to remember so we don't make the same mistakes again.