The Tuesday trees: Oh, to be in England, now that April’s there
This week’s Tuesday tree comes sneaking in literally at the eleventh hour. (Apologies to all readers east of Western Europe, for whom it is already Wednesday!) We are just returned from a lovely short break in York, one of the jewels of England, a city with many good memories for both my husband and myself. I look forward to sharing some images of this most picturesque city with you once I have unpacked and sorted through the hundreds of photos I took. Meanwhile, here’s a brief glimpse.
Spring is in full bloom in Yorkshire. The beech and maples and horse chestnuts are already in leaf and the cherries are heavy with blossom:
But just look at the background to this cherry tree. Is that a glimpse of gothic tracery?
Indeed it is.
Across the lawns of Dean’s Park soars the massive limestone bulk of York Minster, one of the greatest medieval cathedrals of Northern Europe.
The trees are at a lovely stage, enhancing every view of the minster without concealing it.
The old city is still largely surrounded by its medieval defensive wall (some of which is based on Roman fortifications) and the walk along the walls is a green and peaceful way of seeing the city. Walking part of the way round on Sunday, after morning worship in the Minster, I thought that the combination of Spring-bright trees and ancient architecture was pretty near perfection.
The title of this post comes from the first line of Robert Browing’s poem ‘Home thoughts, from Abroad’.