Hub discovered a nice-looking walk in one of our books of walks, near the River Severn, so off we went in the hot sticky sunshine this morning.
Things started to go wrong at the lovely garden centre, when I got him a cup of coffee and the waitress put hot milk in it … oh dear. I drunk up my orange and fished the froth off his coffee and put it in my empty glass. Hub is the most tolerant of men but hot milk in his coffee he does not like!
Then I started sneezing, and realised that I am still allergic to the pollen of something or other – I have never worked out who is the guilty party, but it is always this time of the summer. And I hadn’t thought of my anti-histamine …
… the lady said go 3 miles this way for a chemist, or 2 miles the other way. So we went the other way. Now Hub is very good at finding his way around, and can navigate by the position of the sun, both when he’s driving and when we’re walking. He marches briskly ahead and I bumble along behind with my camera, distracted by the shape of trees, or the lichen on a branch, or a wild flower I don’t recognise …
Anyway, somehow we missed the obvious road, and found ourselves in the middle of fields going in the wrong direction.
Found it eventually, and duly stoked with anti-histamine, we drove into a very pretty village, thinking we would have a bite to eat at the tea shop. It’s closed on Mondays.
So we went into the village store and Post Office (so they do still exist), and the lovely lady in there made sandwiches for us. When that happens you just know you are no longer in the big smoke.
We ate them sitting on the bank of the Severn, which was pretty full and moving fast. A duck came to see us and we quacked at each other, and two swans sailed down the river. It was a very pleasant walk through woodland,
and the sky clouded over so although it was still sticky it wasn’t so hot. There’s a word in the Hausa language we still use for that sort of weather: ‘gumi’ (say goo-mee) – it is much more expressive!
A few drops of rain started just as we reached the car, so we congratulated ourselves on getting our walk in ahead of the storm that’s brewing, and came home for the tea and cake we didn’t get at the tea shop.