I’m not big on following the festivals. Despite my good intentions I often end up with nothing organised. But I like to use them to mark where we are in the year, which is sort of the point anyway.
Each year spring is a little different. This year has been cold and dry so far. Consequently, the usual blossoms have appeared in a compressed time frame. In the last couple of weeks daffodils, blackthorn and primroses have been in flower and now it’s time for the bluebells.
There is a spot in the wood where a steep escarpment drops suddenly to a raised beach where the cover of sessile oak, ash and beech gives way to an area of mostly younger sycamore closer to the shore.
Here the sound of waves on the pebble shore blends with the sound of the wind in the tree tops. Even on the best of days a chilly easterly breeze will blow up the slope bringing with it faint clammy whisps of haar.
If you follow the deer tracks which trace a secretive route along the shoulder of this drop off it is possible to be feel a more or less gentle overshadowing by woodland spirits. Other parts of the wood are more secretive and have spirits that would be happy to see you gone yet this place is usually welcoming. But don’t be fooled this is a spirit haunted place all the same.
People talk about the re-enchantment of the world. But the world has never stopped singing. We have to learn to listen is all.