Bluebells, cockleshells, evie, ivy, over…

31 May

A forest walk to find snowdrops was of mixed success.  Bluebells have suffered this year, as well, with England’s strange drawn-out winter and lack of warmth.  However.

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I wish you could smell how gorgeous this looked to my nose.IMG_6342

Wandering trees and hills: bluebells!20130523_112505

This looked like an elven path.

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Floating in closer along the path.
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It was a raining, hailing day when we walked the woods, but the bluebells gave their show bravely.IMG_6336bluebell

Ka-POW!IMG_6160bluebell

Couldn’t you just wander on and on, forever?
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Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream…

These stunning walks found in the Forest of Dean, over and around Bradley Hill by Soudely — one can park along the road and wander up any of the paths, or stay at the Heritage Centre car park and ask for directions.

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6 Responses to “Bluebells, cockleshells, evie, ivy, over…”

  1. aubreyepp May 31, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    LOVELY. We went to an arboretum two weeks ago and were disappointed that there was nary a bluebell in sight.

    Do you think these will still look this gorgeous come, say, this weekend?! I’d love to make it an outing and the Forest of Dean is so conveniently nearby!

    • Monique May 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      The Forest of Dean is worth an outing anytime! Bluebells have been very late this year, and bloomed up in waves rather than all at once — and these (from a couple of weeks ago) were already just going past peak. So I couldn’t say. But, if you do go by way of the Forest of Dean Heritage Centre, you could always check out the Gruffalo sculpture trail if bluebells disappoint. 🙂

  2. Zazamataz May 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    That looks like a place where faeries and nymphs must live. Beautiful!

    • Monique June 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      It is an amazing, peaceful place. While I was glad not to see hundreds of other people strolling the woods, I was surprised to find it so quiet and seemingly undiscovered!

  3. Lu-Gerda June 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Wow, it is beautiful. The green of the trees and the blue flowers. It look slike a great place for a walk.

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