In early April we were hit once more by wind and rain, freezing temperatures and hailstones, but shortly before that I managed to get in a circular walk around the lanes and the base of Trencrom Hill. Last time I did this I managed to get stuck in the mud and ended up walking half of the way home barefoot! Fortunately the mild weather in late March helped dry out the muddy tracks.
Here’s how the countryside was looking at the end of March:
Dog Violets smother the Cornish hedges. Sadly these are not the perfumed violets.
It was a hazy day with subdued colours in the distance and horizons blurred; sea and sky undefined. Closer by the wildflowers were easier to spot. Blue and white periwinkle, the creamy-green of Alexanders, white blackthorn and copper-coloured maple leaves. Around the hill the gorse is flowering, its deep coconut scent perfuming the air.