Finding a new place to for our evening walks, with a hint of being in the country about it - though it's really just edgelands - has made a huge difference to our experience of lockdown. (We were already lucky enough to have a home from which we can do most of our work, and a garden.) And now we've abandoned the featureless playing fields and manicured park, and see fewer people as a result. We also cover more ground - around four miles for our daily exercise, which is considerably more on average than we used to do. Still haven't spotted the extremely noisy green woodpeckers up there yet, though.
Here's some photos.
Gibbous moon above the conifers on the golf course
Wind turbines at Avonmouth
A fox trotting past and pausing
The moon in the woods ...
... and tangled in a tree, like Absalom.
Trees with barbed wire growing through them on the lane. I remember mentioning this to my father when we walked up there fifty years ago, and I feel as upset about it now as I did then.
The wishing tree
Sundown over the airfield, for the extension of which most of the village of Charlton was razed in the late 1940s, bar a few houses ...
Old Filton House and the side elevation of Pegasus House through the railings
A nearly dry winterbourne at the foot of the field
Mare's tail shoots, looking deceptively fungal
A golden sundown over Charlton Common
Sunset alongside the railway cutting beyond Charlton Common
The last of the sun over Fishpool Hill
The fire brigade and five police cars arriving to deal with a fire on the golf course. Sightings of lads, lager and two BBQs were mentioned the next day.
The oak tree appears to have lost a large limb at some point, as well as a lot of its bark ...
... and some inner wood. It's also been attacked by borers.
The cycle of the seasons
The tree by the old factory building has stood there so long I hardly ever notice it
The sun going down in the oak tree. How the leaves have burgeoned this week.
A second oak
Cribbs Causeway from the opposite side of the airfield
A closer look at Cedar House
Sunset over Charlton Common ...
... and the field beyond
Mist over the River Avon; the new Severn bridge just visible