“Soft plumes of seed heads floating to earth in the hazy evening light” – Alyson

Alyson Fielding

This is a story about my ordinary, daily walk to work.

It started by bus, unsure of the city I was worried about becoming lost along the way. One evening I missed the bus and decided to walk back to my flat. It sparked a mini love affair.

My walk takes me through Pontcanna, through Llandaff Fields, past Llandaff Cathedral and across the village green.

Over the past year, I have watched cricket matches played out on a background of dazzlingly intense blues and greens.

I have heard owls hoot on early spring evenings. I have smiled at dog walkers appearing from the cathedral grounds; crunched and slipped my way through ice and snow; admired roses tumbling over garden walls; found lost mittens.

I have eaten wild strawberries from the side of the path, blown dandelion clocks past the cathedral – soft plumes of seed heads floating to earth in the hazy evening light.

All very ordinary, all very normal.

I am leaving Cardiff in August. I already know I’ll miss every last bit of ordinary from this extraordinary, beautiful city.

Alyson creates and manages digital content. You can follow her on Twitter at @alysonf. She currently lives in Pontcanna.

Alyson was photographed in Llandaff by Simon Ayre.

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3 responses to ““Soft plumes of seed heads floating to earth in the hazy evening light” – Alyson

  1. This is both beautifully written, and accurate. I like it very much. Just thought I would comment, as its always pleasant to read such things. Henry.

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  3. I used to keep my horse at Pontcanna stables. I now keep her somewhere that is nicer for her and for me, but I still miss cycling to the stables along the cycle path. It was fascinating to notice the changes in the colour and quality of the river through the seasons. I am happy that you have enjoyed living in Pontcanna and appreciate our beautiful city. Thank you for your post.

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