Anthony J Sargeant woke up this morning, 6th March 2018, to find the water meadows that surround the River Corve flooded by the snow melting on the Shropshire Hills. Tony took this photograph from a bedroom window of his Shropshire home looking east down the Valley.
Well not really but these harbingers of Spring are very beautiful and welcome. Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on 25th February 2018 the bank of this Shropshire lane is carpeted with snowdrops like so many others around his home. The trees are still bare of leaves and will be for some weeks to come and the weather is still very cold. But the snowdrops are exceptionally profuse growing in the wild all along the banks and hedgerows along the lanes and byways in this part of Shropshire.
The lanes and byways of Shropshire, England, are awash with this harbinger of Spring. Drifts of the tiny white nodding heads have burst through the dead leaves left over from the autumn on the verges and banks along the lanes around the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant. Tony photographed this clump which are yet to fully open on the 1st of February 2018.
This photograph was taken by Anthony J Sargeant from a bedroom window of his Shropshire Home at 7.40 am on the 30th January 2018. The sun is behind the Brown Clee Hill slightly to the right of centre in the photograph (that is to the South East). Thy sky looks aflame with the rising sun.
This photograph was taken by Anthony J Sargeant at 17.11 hr on the 27th January 2018. There was a fabulous rose sky with brisk winds moving the clouds across the sky as the sun set below the horizon. The photograph was taken from the garden of Tony’s Shropshire home looking out across the sheep pastures that surround the house towards a lone oak tree standing in an ancient and now neglected hedgerow.
A good double row of logs neatly stacked which will be covered later to keep them dry (see previous post). It is much cheaper to buy logs by the load like this than as single sacks, but it does mean you have to have somewhere to store them: And the energy to stack them (this took Tony three hours of stacking – and a somewhat sore back at the end – but very satisfying – one is reminded of Tolstoy). These logs are cut and stored in a barn for some months on a local Shropshire Estate before delivery so dry enough to burn well without needing the expense of kiln drying (the green bag is for the small bits of kindling left after larger logs have been stacked).
Delivered just after Christmas the logs were dumped on the driveway of the Shropshire home of Tony Sargeant. It is fortunate to live in a wooded part of the country with plenty of wood around and so relatively cheap. It does however take time and energy to stack and cover them – hence the bad back the next day. See the next post for the uncovered stack.