Hello, thank you for popping in, it's always lovely to see you here. The weather here is still overwhelmingly grey but the sun has tried to peep out a few times and on one of those days, the first Sunday of this month, the Best Beloved and I headed out on a little jaunt to stretch our legs and breathe in deep lungsfulsof cold, crisp air. I have five photographs to show you, so I am linking with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday - even though it's now Saturday. I know. The time just got away from me yesterday.
We went to The Stiperstones, the second highest place in Shropshire, a ridge crowned with rocky outcrops which are some of the oldest visible stones in the world, formed about 480 million years ago. As with all ancient places, there are myths and legends which tell of their creation and you can read some of them here. It is a lovely place to visit on a sunny day at any time of the year.
We parked the car, went through the gate and set off up the path towards Cranberry Rock.
In a dream, Merlin, the great enchanter, saw two dragons fighting in the air. They were evenly matched, neither one could overcome the other and eventually, worn out, they fell to their deaths, locked in an embrace, neither willing to cede to the other even as the life drained out of them. Where they fell, one became the Long Mynd and the other The Stiperstones, the valley between them being Hell's Gutter.
From The Stiperstones, we looked across to the other dragon, the Long Mynd.
We were surprised to see snow on the ground in the shaded places as we hadn't had any snow at home.
In the summer, the heather flowers and the bilberries are abundant.
The temperature at the top is noticeably lower than it is at the bottom but the views are spectacular.
The sun is shining again today and as it's half term week here, I am hoping that augurs well. We are off on another jaunt tomorrow, a few days by the sea. If you have time, please pop over to Love Made My Home and see what everyone else is sharing this week.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x