Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Deluge of Daffodils


My journey, my long, long journey to St Davids was swathed in day-glow daffodils (well, narcissus mainly, if we are going to be pedantic about it) every verge and every village had daffodils in abundance.

two flies and a daffodil -1

For me, it was a seven hour drive from Derbyshire, there is no swift way to St Davids, no matter how long you look at the map or bicker with the sat-nav: I chose the meandering route through the middle of Wales, then along the coast on a road that has such a pinch point  through the centre of  Fishguard that only light traffic takes it as a route, this suited me fine.*

Fishguard -1

Mrs Ogg came from Cambridgeshire, a journey that takes just as long but has more motorway and probably less daffodils.

I stopped off on route to watch the red kites at  Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre

Red Kite-1

I loitered around for feeding time (3pm) and was rewarded with some 30 kites coming down to feed (We tried doing this last time we were down this way, it was so foggy we saw not one red kite) this time it was a treat

Red Kite 4-1

I wasn’t all together chuffed with the photos I managed,

five red kites-1

but I did enjoy the spectacle

Red Kite 3-1

As I prepared to leave, on my ‘onward journey’ there was a rat-a-tat-tat on the car window,  to my surprise it was the Grandma of one of Joe’s school friends, who was visiting the area, so strong was her association with me to the school gate that she asked ‘Are you going to get the boys from school now?’ Err… it is 3:15pm and I’m four hours drive from home, I think I might be a bit late for the school run?

*Traveling home on Sunday it was more tiresome, lots of cars  with elderly drivers,  the sort that only come out once a week to go to church or the occasional trip to the shops, and for some reason a surfeit of tractors trailing muck spreaders


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “A Deluge of Daffodils

  1. Your daffs are gorgeous! We’re still waiting for ours to bloom. The birds are beautiful, too.

  2. Beautiful shots of the narcissus! They are such cheerful flowers. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really like the first photo with the two flies and seeing the wing of one through the wing of the other.

    I would be very happy to have taken that photo.

  4. Ah yes, the Sunday drive – I thought that had died out long ago. When I was at boarding school the girls whose grandparents used to take them out for the weekend always had their break blighted by a ‘Sunday Drive’. Seems peculiar to go for a drive just for the fun of it, but what do I know…

  5. Tractors trailing muck spreaders! A much surer sign of spring than the narcississi . . . narcissuss . . . daffodils. Even ones decorated with amorous flies. I’ve never seen a kite before. The feathered kind, I mean. They’re very attractive birds, aren’t they. You’re just full of fun today.

  6. Gosh that is a lot of travelling time. At least you chose a route that held some beautiful scenery. Your first photo with the two flies is quite spectacular! Lovely to see the bank of narcissus ~ and those kites are something else! Glad you had a good journey; it can be painful driving behind Sunday drivers when you are trying to get home.

  7. You’re full of fun today. And also full of alliteration! Plus some lovely verbs and an oxymoron. Full marks!

  8. Daffs are in full bloom on our roadsides and roundabouts – I love the flash of colour on the way to/from work.

    As for the Sunday Drivers, check this out for a wee giggle;

    • If you like that one, try this:

      I’ve only ever heard this before by Jeremy Taylor who wrote the song, but I can’t find hisversion on YouTube. Jeremy Taylor spent a lot of time in South Africa, but was banned from the country for “ridiculing apartheid”.

      He performed with Spike Milligan in the 1970s. Brilliant!


  9. Ah Fishguard……I was married there….not been back for a while but recognised it straight away from the photo. 🙂

  10. Wonderful pictures, especially that first one! xx

  11. Beautiful pics of the kites. Quite striking. We have Mississippi kites here. Rather dull in coloration compared to the Welsh ones.

  12. That first photo is exceptionally beautiful! And so cute with a little fly couple enjoying the scenery. What a lovely adventure, and filled with such beauty!

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