National Countryside week.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'”    ~ (Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar).

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Brimstone butterfly on a naturalised ever lasting sweetpea in the sunshine.

This week is National Countryside Week.  It is a UK-wide initiative by the Prince’s Countryside Fund to (in their words) ‘celebrate the British countryside and the people who live and work in our rural areas’.  And how lucky us British people are to call such a beautiful part of the world home.

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Ox-eye daisies and green wheat in farm country.

The campaign is encouraging people to take the chance at least once between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th July to get out in the fresh air and walk a country mile. That’s really not so far! Although if you’re anything like me, it can take some time, because you keep wanting to stop to take photographs!

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Ducks! An essential part of my mental picture of English countryside.

We touch down on home soil on Saturday morning; a long awaited trip back to see family and friends in England.  The plan is that we will be out for our country mile (and maybe a bit more) walk along the river banks and greenways of rural Warwickshire on Sunday morning.  Hopefully it will blow the cobwebs away and help ease the hideous jet-lag a little!

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Cowparsley mingling with the flowers and seedheads of Honesty. Countryside favourites.

I am so looking forward to my summer of English countryside overload.  We’ve packed raincoats and the pushchair rain cover, as well as clothing to suit every kind of unexpected-yet-expected twist that the glorious British weather can throw at us. We will be out there, come rain or shine.  Shine preferably though…I’d like to get some photographs after all! I can not wait.

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A bee…making honey while the sun shines!

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