As spring prepares to give way to summer, the Devon lanes are lush with fresh growth and teeming with life.

Farmers aren’t allowed to cut back the hedgerows once the season for wild birds to nest begins, and the result is glorious. All that foliage restricts your vision as you approach a corner, so it pays to be extra cautious when you’re bowling along, whether you’re proceeding under your own power or driven by a machine (or a horse). There’s a stable near the village, so we often encounter riders, and more than once I’ve seen a horse stop to graze from the hedgerow even though its rider may have other ideas. I suppose all that delicious greenery is too hard to pass up.

I also have yet another run to report – The Great West Run, a half marathon in Exeter. I really enjoyed the day, despite a sudden downpour that had all of us soaked to the skin. Thankfully, modern sportswear dries in next to no time, and I finished the run in sunshine.

I hope you enjoy the photos. The landscapes were all taken near our village in the Teign Valley.

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