It has been the most perfect Spring day today.
We managed to be up and out the house early, and had parked the car by 8.45.
We were walking one of our favourite routes, along the River Wharfe on the Bolton Abbey Estate.
The air was fresh and warm and scented with wild garlic.
Bluebells danced along the sunny river banks.
Luckily, we were just in time for bluebells this year, another week or so and these beauties would be no longer.
It was such a beautiful sight, so perfectly, sweetly springlike.
The woodland is in full leaf now, the perfect shade of Spring green.
Everything looks so lush and fresh, it is truly beautiful.
The air smells delicious as we amble our way high above the river below.
I look up into the leafy green canopy above and feel like I am drowning in all that glorious colour and light.
This is a longer walk than we are used to, over an hour to stroll along this side of the river.
Little B is kept entertained, but we are all beginning to feel in need of some light refreshment.
Oh that green! I just cannot take my eyes away from the leaves, the intensity of the colour is mesmerising.
Almost at the end of the woods now, and I take one last look back along the dappled path before emerging into the bright sunlight.
Ten o'clock now, and we've arrived at Cavendish Pavilion just in time for opening.
We flop down and I treat us all to drinks :: a fabulous coffee for J and I, and thick chocolate milkshakes for the Little Peeps.
Suitably restored and refreshed, we cross the river and begin our walk back along the opposite side of the riverbank.
Green, green, greeny-green, how I love all this dancing light and colour!
The path climbs quite steeply, and before long we are high above the river again.
Little Man spots this teeny-tiny mouse foraging for food and we stop to watch it go about it's quiet mousey business.
This is one of my favourite places along the River Wharfe, I wrote about it last year.
It feels wonderful to be on a beach again, even if it is just a river beach.
I sit in the warmth of the sun and feel my heart squeeze as I watch my Little People do their play thing.
This is such a perfect place to be on a sunny Sunday morning in Springtime.