On Easter Saturday we wandered into Hem Heath Woods to see if the bluebells were in flower. The woods on the old colliery site to the south of the city are owned and maintained by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and are famous for their bluebells at this time of year.
When we arrived it was quite chilly and Paul realised had forgotten to put his big coat in the car and had only a quilted body warmer with him. We wandered into the woods a little way. There were a only few bluebells in flower and we thought it would take another week or so before they were visible in the blue carpets we have seen there before. We decided to cut our walk short as it was quite chilly and also looked as if it might rain.
Early this week we decided to go back and see if we could spot more bluebells but this time it was me who forgot to put some old boots in the car for walking through the woods and as we'd had some rain it was quite muddy and I didn't want to mess up the shoes I had on as we were going on somewhere else. So this time we didn't go into the woods at all.
On Saturday morning just two weeks after our first visit we went back again. Would there be lots of bluebells to see?
Oh, yes - there were!
Loads of beautiful blue flowers stretching onwards and outwards between the trees.
The warmth of the sun made them glow and their scent was heavenly.
It is so hard to capture their bright, intense colour with a camera.
Nothing compares to just seeing blue stretching into the distance, being under the sun dappled trees with the flowers and listening to the sounds of the birds overhead.
After a short while I gave up trying to take photos and just enjoyed being part of it all.