It was a dull day, drizzly at times, but I decided to take a wander along the Gover Valley in St.Austell. I have previously published a post, with 33 photos, of a walk based on the valley - there's a link at the end of this post.
A few daffodils brightened the day as did the Gover Stream, which feeds into the St.Austell River, as it is called locally, but is shown on maps as the River Vinnick.
Another name often used for the stream is the White River, because it can become coloured by local china clay.
Along the Gover Valley are remnants left over from the china clay industry.
Alongside the river is the occasional house, like this one, almost hidden amongst the trees.
Being a valley it is often shaded from the sun so can be quite damp.
The dampness encourages mosses to grow by the Gover Stream.
The moss, combined with the tinkling water, can create a magical moment. It's easy to think of this as a home for the elves and fairies - or perhaps that's just my imagination.
But, whatever, the greenness that abounds at this time of year has an attractive quality.
A Public Footpath sign shows a way up the side of the valley for those so inclined.
There's a bridge over the stream and a few steps have been made to assist the little people and us humans on their way.
I chose to continue walking along the valley itself, some gorse made a change from the greenness, it seemed to bring everything more alive.
On my return along the valley an old gate was struggling to protect access to an open field.
Delicate colour with a few primroses nestled by the edge of the road, next to a puddle from the drizzle.
Then all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils.
Please also see:
33 Photos: A Circular Walk Based On Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall