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Clive's Countryside Blog: May 6th

The bluebells are out! Ten years ago I sowed masses of seeds. I tried to do everything right, storing the seeds in the fridge and following all the rules but they have been a disappointment up to now. This year, they look better, though not quite the carpet of flowers that I had expected but still showing potential. I’m happy with that. Maybe next year will continue the improvement. I’m not much of a gardener, I think I’m too impatient but I still marvel at the beauty of nature. Even though I’m rubbish, somehow nature wins through and is a constant delight. With all the bickering over Brexit, a walk in the woods puts everything in perspective. Politicians are here today, gone tomorrow but hopefully the bluebells will endure for years to come.


In 2006 Choice travel photographer Clive Nicholls moved from a home in the city to a small village in the heart of the countryside. Thirteen years on and he’s still learning the country ways and every day brings a few surprises.