Saturday 20 December 2014

Winter Solstice Sustenance for the Soul in Fryent Country Park

Light at the end of the tunnel?
After a week of Christmas meals, concerts, Nativities (yes, both schools where I am a governor had one despite the usual media stories) and exceptional traffic on Wembley Matters caused by the Kensal Rise Library controversy, I felt the need for quiet contemplation this morning and enjoyed a walk from Wembley to Kingsbury via the meadows and woods of Fryent Country Park.

It was food for the soul in winter sunshine on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The subtle winter colours and beautiful tree shapes revealed by the loss of leaves often stopped me in my tracks and the wide blue skies lifted my spirits.

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A stand of ash trees that has so far survived die back
The view towards Kingsbury


Anonymous said...

Going for a walk looks like dereliction of duty to me, Martin. I just hope you can live with your conscience.
But if you're into this sort of thing and you haven't completed your list for Santa, yet, ask for 'Scarp' by Nick Papadimitriou a very interesting character who lives in a council flat in Childs Hill and writes beautifully (and very originally) about walking (and thinking) in the rural edges of NW London over the last 30 years.
Mike Hine

Meg Howarth said...

Beautiful! Thank you, Martin. Fryent is a hidden gem that deserves to be more widely known - the Hampstead Heath of north-west London.