The evolution of spring during my 3 week stay in the UK provided a brief and welcome distraction from the news...
I arrived in the UK on
the 18th of February. The day of the tempest. Blowing into Gatwick was 'an
experience'. Arriving in Nutbourne, the tiny little village where my parents
live in West Sussex, trees lay strewn everywhere and the wind howled. It rained
for my first three days, but I was in self-isolation in a cute apartment with
very poor internet. I was more than happy to sleep, read, watch Netflix and
sleep some more.
Two days after the
transition to my parents home, Russia invaded Ukraine. My parents, of an age to
remember the second world war, were in shock and the news dominated our
days. I took to walking the countryside
every afternoon and as a way of distracting myself from my thoughts, made a
collection of photographs.
Spring was just
evolving as I arrived with daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses and primulas emerging
in the hedgerows. Sheep, cows, horses
and llamas were turned out in the fields (and the vineyards!), grazing on the
fresh green shoots. Cortona's landscape
is definitely more dramatic, but the English countryside has its charm,
especially the quaint cottages, historic buildings and farmhouses.
A solar powered farm house
A quaint historic building
The old school house...one of my favourites
One of the local vineyards at sunset
This vineyard has four llamas grazing - they are the funniest looking animals
Primulas and crocuses
A ring of crocuses
A cute squirrel
A heron at the pond
A lone duck at the pond...
...who days later seemed to have found a mate
I am now back in
Cortona where spring - up our mountain - has yet to appear. So this year I get
a double dose for which I count myself very lucky; any distraction from the current news, however brief, is certainly welcome!
Alison Koetser, 12/03/2022 10:13:54