Bumpkinsville in spring sunshine

A few weeks ago I was working from home on a teleconference with a colleague in the US.  I had the back door open and she asked if the noise she could hear were birds.  She lives in New York and said unless she goes to a park, she doesn’t hear birds, and being a bit of a Country Bumpkin at heart, she misses them.  I said I’d have a Bumpkinsville wander and post some pictures here for her to get a bit of a countryside fix….albeit through her computer.

As luck would have it, a few weeks back, we had the loveliest day here and Sister 2 and I decided to attempt a walk across the fields to a pub.  So, for my US colleague, this is for you:

sheep in the field, just across from my road

Sheep in the field just across from my road

It seems sheep like a walk in the wood in pairs too

It seems sheep like to walk in the wood in pairs too

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not a building in sight

Just as Sister 2 commented on how dry the ground seemed after the months of rain we've had, it got a bit soggy....

Just as Sister 2 commented on how dry the ground seemed after the months of rain we’ve had, it got a bit soggy….

And then it got REALLY soggy.  I attempted to jump across.  Sister 2 took a three mile detour.

And then it got REALLY soggy. I attempted to jump across. Sister 2 took a three mile detour.

I shouldn't have jumped...

I shouldn’t have jumped.

Bumpkinsville can be a bit rickety

Bumpkinsville can be a bit rickety

But it's all worth it when you see the pub...

But it’s all worth it when you see the pub…

And have a cider and black in your hand...

…And have a cider and black in your hand…

....and a smile on your face

….and a smile on your face

The blossom is out...

The blossom is out…

...and so are some furry things we didn't know the name of.

…and so are some furry things we didn’t know the name of.

It's cheating as this is in direct sunlight, but here's proof that it did get rather warm - this is later in the day in my parents back garden.

It’s cheating as this is in direct sunlight, but here’s proof that it did get rather warm – this is later in the day in my parents back garden.  Yes, that says 41.8 C.

So there you have it: Bumpkinsville in spring sunshine.  It’s not been quite as lovely since then, but hopefully it will be again soon :o)

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