Going for a Ride

Mudgley - From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6732

Mudgley – From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6732

I have been going for lots of cycle rides as the lockdown eases.  Its a time to escape for a couple of hours in the middle of the week and enjoy some sunshine.

On the Levels

Perfect for cycling the Somerset Levels offers miles of virtually traffic free flat country lanes.  Every few miles you will reach a small village marked out with black and white finger posts.

Ilchester 7 3/4 - Barton St David, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6611

Ilchester 7 3/4 – Barton St David, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6611

Mr Blue Sky

Astonishing deep blue skies, rare for our British summers.

Rattling Bow - Tealham Moor, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6217

Rattling Bow – Tealham Moor, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6217

The weather has been perfect this spring and summer.

Henley Hill - Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6474P

Henley Hill – Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6474P

Buttercups everywhere.

Buttercup Meadow - Walton Hill, Nr Street, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_1311

Buttercup Meadow – Walton Hill, Nr Street, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_1311

Finger Posts

Many of the traditional finger posts have been beautifully restored.

Blackford 1 1/4 - Tealham Moor, Nr Blackford, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9064

Blackford 1 1/4 – Tealham Moor, Nr Blackford, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9064

The skies are so blue against their white paint.

Ilchester 7 3/4 - Barton St David, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6609

Ilchester 7 3/4 – Barton St David, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6609

Some still need a coat of paint.

Ivythorn 3/4 - Walton Hill, Nr Street, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_1337

Ivythorn 3/4 – Walton Hill, Nr Street, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_1337

Others will need a bit more work.

And (ersea) - Andersea, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6599

And (ersea) – Andersea, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6599

Flowers

In this patch of England, however little, there are always flowers.

Little England - Othery, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3453

Little England – Othery, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3453

A drainage ditch becomes a wildlife haven.

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) - Nr Mudgley, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6785

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) – Nr Mudgley, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6785

Meadow sweet covers the fields and lines the ditches.

Mudgley - From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6753

Mudgley – From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6753

A working place

The levels are a place for workers too.

Hay Baling - Court Farm, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6635

Hay Baling – Court Farm, Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6635

And a few old timers.

Leyland Tractors - Stathe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6602

Leyland Tractors – Stathe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6602

Some vehicles have not moved much during the pandemic.

Happy 2020 Christmas – Batcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6326

And finally…

Time to get some shade wherever it can be found.

Shady Sheep - Baltonsborough, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3535

Shady Sheep – Baltonsborough, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3535

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