When Harry and I relocated to Somerset several years ago one of the reasons for leaving we cited to our London cohorts was our desire to be closer to nature for creative inspiration.
Over the last few weeks with the summer sun beaming across our beautiful Somerset enclave it was easy to underestimate how invigorating the British countryside can be and just how diverse the themes of inspiration it offers up.
It’s been a pleasurable assault on the senses and something we have grown quite protective of! Just some of the highlights for us in these balmy summer months come from all corners of this gorgeous county.
Our local waterways team with beautifully mottled brown trout, vibrantly coloured river flowers and, of course, stunning dragonflies sporting a wide array of metallic hues. The woodlands where we walk our 5 hounds come alive with elderflower and wild primrose, attracting a rainbow of colour from our native butterfly population.
The colourful patchwork of fields brought to life by our local farmers and their healthy looking livestock provide a canvas of inspiration that both stimulates the senses and reminds us of the importance of protecting rare breeds and celebrating their natural local heritage.
From the vantage point of lying in the lush summer grass we never tire of the perspective this brings when looking up into the canopies of our ancient Oak trees swaying majestically in the wind, supporting an acoustic chorus of bird song across the day.
And then of course there’s the blooming of our established garden flowers and shrubs, fruit trees baring small but enticingly colourful apples and bright green pears. Our veg plot is supporting not only us but an army of aphids, butterflies and ladybirds; all of which bring a further delight of shapes and colours only nature could conjure up.
Recently this inspirational flora and fauna was given a further edge by the local populace and visitors negotiating our winding lanes en route to Glastonbury in colourful campervans and clobber. Then there’s the ever popular fetes packed with all manner of colourful and delicious home made Victoria Sponge, Strawberries & cream, flower arrangements etc.
So here’s to stunning Somerset and the inspiration it delivers in spades. Whilst we still enjoy our jaunts to far flung places like Goa and Kerela, this summer we’ll be staying put. Let’s just hope the recent rainfall (great for the flora!) makes way for some more of that terrific summer sun.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your rural or urban summer, it’s something to treasure.