24. A short walk in the
26th December 2008. After a most enjoyable Christmas day with the family,
what better, than to catch some fresh air on a bright & sunny day?
Actually, it was rather cold, so instead of going somewhere a few miles away,
we went to the nearest large open space, suspecting that our endurance of the
bracing atmosphere would probably be limited to an hour or so. We are very
lucky to have exactly such a large open space within half a mile or so of where
we live: The Woodgate Valley Country Park. Ah: the
noble tree standing against the genial sky! It is not possible to take a
representative photo. of the
… and I do trust
that the Google Authorities will not take umbrage at my borrow…, er, appropriating the above shot from Google Earth? Full
credit is of course extended to that wonderful organisation, Google. Heaven
knows where we would be without them! Using Google Earth, I once followed the
Trans-Siberian Railway from
Speaking of the Bourne Brook, here it is!
Its source is somewhere just beyond the south-eastern corner of the Park. A
small tributary originates on the far side of the main road at the
north-western corner – I don’t think it has name as it’s very short – and runs
into the Bourne Brook a hundred yards or so upstream of this photo. I have long
had the ambition of making a series of extremely boring videos entitled: ‘The
Watercourses of Birmingham’! All of them are quite small as
It was cold, but the sun was very bright. Just look at the brilliance of this holly. Oh dear – I’ve just noticed the shadow of the photographer at the bottom left….
And the tangle of the holly and the green of the tree trunk, all waiting for the genial breath of Dame Nature to awaken them in the Spring…
There must be several miles of rides like this in
Why not visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/woodgatecountrypark ?
Page written 2nd January 2009.