There were times last winter when living in West Yorkshire was a very dispiriting and depressing affair. The rain seemed to go on month after month, permanent grey skies and to top it all it was usually very cold.
Spring has been late arriving in this part of the country but in the last ten days a metamorphosis has taken place. The countryside is awash with colour, the trees are in full bloom, particularly the Hawthorne bushes, and it is a very long time since I saw a carpet of grasses and such a variety of wild flowers in the fields including daisy, buttercup, dandelion and clover.
This morning I decided to walk from Slaithwaite to Marsden (a round trip of just over five miles) along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and was greeted with an intensity of colour amongst the flora and fauna.
My relatively slow progress along the canal path was due to stopping regularly to take photographs to try and capture the essence of the countryside at the moment.
I also came across some people swimming in a small reservoir, they appeared to be training for an “open water” swimming event.
After reviewing the photographs I can now remind myself why I live in this part of the country…………….some photographs from my walk are featured below.