Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Chasing Sunday Shadows
On Sunday off we set with our young grandson to help - to chase shadows for Hey Harriet blog - the following pics were taken along the way - an exciting day was had by all - first port of call was Churchstoke Sunday Market - shadows were in short supply but B and A who is only 8 browsed around the tools etc and I went in search of books - we then had a hearty all day breakfast in the little cafe and then off we went up towards the Shropshire hills.
Above you can catch a glimpse of the lower slopes of the Longmynd from the Stiperstones Hill - where a brisk dog walk was taken by myself and A - who is a Top Gear fanatic - making sure that I was up to date with all the comings and goings of Jeremy Clarkson and David Hammond!! - A has aspecial catch phrase - starting off every ststement with a loud - Guess What - I love him to bits!
We then made our way down the rolling slopes of hillside - full of sheep grazing heartily - down to the Bridges and Ratlinghope - we stopped and viewed the scenery - the brook running noisely alongside the roadway showed both shadows and ripples.
Snowdrops in the wood at Ratlinghope - with a promise of daffs to come - Mary Webb called Ratlinghope - Slepe - her own description of Ratlinghope in The Golden Arrow 'in a purple gap brimming with golden moonlight and covered with a lid of sky - jewelled like the cover of a wassail cup - lay the small huddled village of Slepe
My father was born on the hillside at Black Top - Ratlinghope and spent his childhood in this area - he has manya tale to tell - this area holds a fascination for me.
Then from the top of the Longmynd Hill we gazed at sun shadows chasing each other along Longmynd and touching on Caer Caradoc - Wenlock Edge in the far distance
Above - you can see Church Stretton nestling in the valley - we made our way down to the town where icecreams were enjoyed by all !
On the way back after delivering our grandson back to his parents safe and sound we called by the Quarry in Shrewsbury in the hope of a few late shadows - as you can see we were now into lamplight shadows - pic is taken of the Boat House inn on the River Severn - no we didn't cross the bridge
A peek through the closed gates of the Dingle - no shadows but look at those crocus they were sooo beautiful
Finally look how the last rays of sunshine light up St Chads Church - by then it was home for tea!