Another city, another walk – Gledhow Valley Woods. I’m told they’re infested with rats, but on a sunny afternoon after showers the rodents are not in evidence.
Thirty yards away from the path, I hear tyres and humming engines on the road, a constant background noise.
Birds call incessantly– they caw, they coo, they chirrup in the as yet unleafed trees.
I see my first bluebells of the year, not quite fully out, but lots of them on the steep hillside and their scent is beginning to emerge. Delicate wood anemones, and bright celandines stud the woodland floor.
grow below leafless trees
oasis of sunlight