19th April 2018
Weather: Sunny and hot. Occasional breeze
All the flowers seemed to come out today. In a lane the sunlight reflecting from hundreds of little flies. Deep buzzing drone of fat bees. Wild garlic smell.
Bristol-wow! I got this far! A little concerned that I was going to be late, but made it in time to wash, shave, change & get to my ‘dinner date’ with Rowena (daughter). She is enjoying studying, the student life & preparation for her Malawi volunteering trip. (Easy to tell by her enthusiastic chatter!)
Tired tonight after 9 hours and 30km walk in the heat.
If you have been feeling sorry for me about the cold weather, it’s today’s heat I have found far more challenging. Mad dogs and Englishmen might go out in the midday sun, but at 13:30 this one lay down in the shade for 30 minutes looking up at bees in the blackthorn blossom, birds singing & hum of something man-made in the distance. Drank the last of the morning’s 1.5 litres of water. At Winford I repeated the trick of helping myself to more from someone’s outside tap. Lifesaver.
Mud drying out quite a lot, but streams & shaded places still quite a trial.
Blossom above Blagdon
Washing dangling off the pack
Hazel Manor drive
In grassy areas
Heading into Compton Wood: grass scattered with anemones
Wild garlic in the wood (merciful shade)
A shaded lane
Looking back at the Mendip Hills from Chew Valley
Chew Valley lake
Up the hill at Babylon
A muddy byway
The church tower at Winford
More plant identification
A view towards Bristol ( I could make out the Telford bridge at Dudry
Yet more mud to negotiate at Riding Wood
Gateway to Ashton Court
Balloons over Bristol
Finally, the iconic Bristol bridge