5/07/2010

Bluebells and Barthomley



It is so hard to stay indoors when the bluebells are in bloom. For a brief spell, before the leaf canopy gets too dense, sunlight dances on the woodland floor and the bluebells take center stage.



This little woodland is only a mile or so away from our home but as yet, remains an area of great tranquility and natural beauty, despite being so close to the town. As you can see we took Ted for a walk over the May Bank Holiday, as usual he chose his walking stick with great care and attention. (Click for a closer look.)

The weather was bright but cold and before too long the rain started in earnest, there was only one thing for it, we headed for the pub where a roaring fire awaited us. You can see more of this old inn in Barthomley which dates back to 1614 here. It is the sort of pub where dogs are welcome but we decided to take Ted home first as he had got rather wet in the rain, he did not seem to mind too much as he snuggled into his new blanket.



The water colour illustration above is taken from “A Book of Days” which sadly is now out of print.

23 comments:

  1. Hi Val, what a lovely illustration, so beautifully rendered. Always love to see your adorable dog and smiled to see the equally adorable 'gorgeous george on your side bar. Lesley x

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  2. Yes, that is a very sweet illustration and a very contented looking fellow.

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  3. Hello Valerie,

    I am sorry that the rain cut short your bluebell walk ... all the same, you did get to experience that unique springtime atmosphere.

    That Ted is so photogenic!
    That Gorgeous George is even more so, and his portrait with you is just lovely.

    And finally, it's fun to think of all the folks who have enjoyed visiting that old inn over the centuries. Wow!

    xo

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  4. That's a great photo of you and George! My, how fast he's grown!

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  5. What a lovely walk you had -- and that pub looks fantastic. So much history. And as for Gorgeous George -- beautiful boy! The bluebell wood and your illustration were wonderful to see, too!

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  6. Ted looks so snug in his soft, warm blanket - just right after a long walk carrying a well chosen stick stick:) Bluebell woods are wonderful aren't they? I love the little fox cub illustration. Hope you have a great weekend:)

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  7. Great picture and what a wonderful illustration. I hope it gets re-printed,

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  8. How fortunate to have a lovely wood like this to enjoy. Bluebells are not a common site in my neck of the woods.

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  9. We are on a bluebell walk on Sunday - there are cakes at the end too - how perfect!

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  10. Simply beautiful. I would love to see your Book of Days.
    And beyond beautiful, little George. What a cuddlesome armful!

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  11. Sigh.... I love bluebells in the woods. So beautiful... as is your illustration.

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  12. It's always such a pleasure to read your posts, admire your artworks and pictures. You live in an enchanted place and the wonder of nature is reflected in your art.
    Your Gorgeous George is the most beautiful masterpiece!
    Have a great week end.
    Eli

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  13. Seeing your post makes me want to run, or perhaps I should say walk through drifts of bluebells.
    Beautiful painting,I love how you have scaled up the size of the flowers with your Mr Fox in the middle.
    Our dog loves his blanket after a walk too.x

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  14. That is a gorgeous illustration, and Ted looks adorable! Walking in the bluebell woods is such bliss - even when it's damp.

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  15. I have that book of days which I bought years ago Valerie. I fell in love with your illustrations and that bluebell one was a great favourite.

    Nice to see Ted wrapped in that beautifully soft and cuddly blanket. Our cat likes something very similar.

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  16. Oh I love that bluebell illustration. There's something so magical about bluebells isn't there? Your hairy friend looks very snug in his blanket

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  17. Valerie, you make me wish I were walking along with your and visiting that pub for something nice and hot to drink - tea!

    We were so fortunate to walk in the wood behind Thomas Hardy's cottage during bluebell season many years ago. We have lovely memories of that visit....

    Your interpretation in watercolor is so soft and dreamy. But then, all your watercolors have that delicate effect. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your painting.

    Blessings (and hugs to that cute little bundle in the blanket!)
    Diane

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  18. i love the painting at the top - bluebells have some sort of hold over my romanticized memories of england. steven

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  19. Hello.

    It is dreamlike scenery.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    From the Far East.
    Best regards.
    ruma

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  20. Beautiful artwork as always. How I would love to walk a bluebell path and see the little timbered cottage.

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  21. Oh you are so lucky! Here on Dartmoor the bluebells are not quite out yet!

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  22. All your walks, is always impressive me! You are like Alice in Wonderland! :)

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