Walking for Lent

It is Ash Wednesday and the first day of my walking pledge. James had a dental appointment and a few things to do in one of our nearest towns and I wanted to pick up some more books from the library. After weeks of storms and heavy rain it was a joy to wake up to blue sky and sunshine although it is still a little cold. We headed into town by car, I got my books and fortified by a coffee in a local cafe, set off for the return journey on foot. One of the pleasures of my usual walking route into town is a short section in the woods at the edge of a country park. Today, I know that at least one friend is walking with me in spirit even though he lives in another part of the country.

Path in the woods Astbury Mere (1 of 1)In places, the autumn leaves are still lying but in others spring flowers are emerging.

Trees Astbury Mere (1 of 1)

Trees 2 Astbury Mere (1 of 1)

The shapes of some of the trees often start to suggest abstract compositions to me and this out of focus shot of the mere through the branches and trunks of the trees has given me several ideas.

Trees 3 Astbury Mere (1 of 1)This walk was over four miles and other outings including a food shopping trip took me up to the five miles I was aiming for.