Today being memorial day and most people having the day off I was able to enjoy the quiet morning. I could hear the birds chirping outside the window without the cars whizzing by in the street. A peace settles into the day with nothing planned and nowhere that I have to be. So my favorite thing to do on a day like today is scroll through my photos. I needed an update for my wall and something new to look at. Most people cover their walls with family photos, mine are covered with vacation photos. I try to rotate them with each new trip and take more into work for something on my wall.
This morning I kept thinking about the Yorkshire Dales and the fragrance of garlic in the air. May is the time for the bluebells to be in bloom and the forest floor are a sea of purple blue. Lately many of the posts I have seen have been of the bluebells in full color. The garlic not to be done in with its delicate white heads mixes in here and there. The trees with new buds spread their branches toward the sun and a walk in the sun ever so relaxing. Next, comes the wide panoramic views with rock walls stretching out across the pastures. The Dales rock barns stand in the sun and rain a monument to the unique landscape. Sheep and lambs frolic about the lush, green pastures watching with curiosity all the people walking by.
The rain comes and the rain goes and the land opens itself up after a long winter to spring. Water rushes over Aysgarth Falls with a vengeance colored a golden brown from the peat in the soil. I felt a little bit like being in a wonderland with exposed roots on the trees from the water and bluebells at every turn. The afternoon tea and the little shops busy with people enjoying nature. A cream tea is a must. I think what comes back most from a trip is where I went, who I went with and where I staid. I had such a wonderful stay at The Field House Bed and Breakfast in Aysgarth. Ros and Bob will forever be remembered as some of the kindest people I have met and a recommended place to stay in the area. My friends for this trip were Margaret, Leslie and Debbie who I had previously taken a photo class with. When you go on a trip with people who really enjoy photography and the outdoors the photography just comes more natural.
So this morning I was nostalgic for a beautiful landscape and fun friends. As spring eases in and once again shows her glory can you blame me for taking another moment to remember.