I didn’t make our usual pilgrimage to the local bluebell woods last year, so this year I decided that I had to make up for it. About 25 minutes drive from us is an oak and beech wood and at this time of year it is an absolutely wonderful sight with a lake of blue stretching into the distance. This is the sight of an old Iron Age Camp where people and animals used to live from 800 BC to 100 AD. For more of the history of Blackbury Camp please click here.
There are rather a lot of photos, so please sit back and enjoy this fabulous sight which comes just once a year.
The sun was shining, it was quite hot, no need for a coat.
The birds were singing so loudly, such a lovely sound.
And the perfume from the bluebells, when I got down on my knees, was delightful.
I wish you could smell them.
We didn’t choose the best time to go, it was Bank Holiday weekend, so there were lots of other people enjoying the bluebells too.
The Beech and oak trees are massive and are so old. An ancient woodland is a very special habitat which needs preserving for as long as possible.
Looking towards the outer ramparts where the cattle and other animals used to be kept at night.
The perfume is overwhelming!
The lime green of the beech leaves looks so beautiful with the concentrated blue of the bluebells.
It just got better and better, the further we walked.
When I see so many all at once, it makes me realise that the few I have in the garden are rather pathetic! I still like them though.
Oh dear, storm damage from one of the many storms we had over the winter.
Such a shame when a veritable old giant is brought down, it didn’t have much of a root system, so maybe it was on borrowed time. All the children were loving using it as a climbing frame, it made them all very happy.
Time to return home, I think I’ve taken enough photographs, don’t you?
A quick P.S. When turning at the crossroads into our village, I stopped to photograph these orchids that have popped up in the last week, I have never seen any there in previous years. Devon County council usually leave the lanes uncut till late summer, so they are always pretty with the wild flowers, but they always strim the road junctions so that it is safe when driving. These orchids are right on the junction, I think I will have to make a sign, asking them not to cut near the orchids, do you think they would take any notice?!