We have dingles round here. A dingle is a steep and wooded valley - it may also sometimes be called a 'beach' - as in 'Snailbeach' or 'Perkins Beach'. This is from the Old English baece - which describes the land in a river valley and has nothing to do with the latter day Beech trees - fagus sylvatica - which now stretch skyward from many of our 'beaches'. Denounce those who tell you otherwise. This land is older than those trees. Confusingly my walk today took me to Beech Dingle. I was simply walking through a valley. I was after bluebells.
I found bluebells. Acres of bluebells, pushing snouty blue buds up to the sun. Blue cups opening on slim juicy stems 'til the land was a mirror of the sky. Another week and we'll be walking on air. A hazy blue craziness. It's a curious illusion when the blue which should be 'up' is under one's feet.