Tuesday, 15 June 2010

June.






















Do you remember June days when you were a child? The sun shone hotly all day, there was utter silence apart from bees buzzing and the drone of the odd aircraft passing over, the fields were full of buttercups and the scent of blossom and baby things were popping out all over the fields. Was it really like that or do I just remember the good bits and cut out the rotten cold wet days?
Well, I shall never know. Sufficient to say that today has been a perfect June day here in North Yorkshire. Tess and I meandered along the beckside, pushing our way through buttercups and listening to the birds. At one point we heard the cheep of baby ducks and the cautious quack of mother telling them to keep a low profile. Tess would have liked to investigate but I held her back and let them go on their way.
In places the beck was not visible as the banks were thick with meadow-sweet in bud. In other places the water cress almost met across the water - and we even found a place where yellow water irises (flags) were in full bloom.
There must be baby curlew chicks around for parents were flying low overhead and calling alarm calls. When this happens the chicks find a tall clump of grass and crouch down in it until the danger has passed. Again Tess would have liked to investigate a clump or two, but I kept her on a long leash and urged her on. These little chaps have enough to contend with and are best left undisturbed.
Coming back up the pasture we could see the heifers grazing among the buttercups - they lifted their heads to watch us coming and then followed us to the gate. They are such inquisitive creatures.
The farmer spent the morning weeding the vegetable garden and as you can see from the photograph it is weedless again - but for how long? This afternoon he cut all the privet hedges. The sweepings are there to cart away this evening - another job well done.



Have a nice evening.

24 comments:

Gwei Mui said...

I do remember those long sunny summer holidays. Yes they were all filled with sunshine and warmth! I'm sure there were rainy ones in there but I don't recall any! Have a good 'een yoursen

jinksy said...

A green and pleasant land you do live in...

Eric Alder said...

Did I forget to send you my 'floralsubmission? It's here:
Consider The Flower

Granny Sue said...

Ah, June. Roses in bloom, lettuce and peas in the garden, and weeds everywhere! I always figure if I can keep up with the weeds in June I've got it made. Still, it's one of my favorite months.

I loved the photos. What do you call those tall yellow iris-looking plants? here they're called yellow flags, but they must have some other name.

UB said...

What a great vegi garden. Left the farm years ago now I would love to spend time walking through fields. What beautiful pictures, I also have buttercups in my garden and I love them. Send you joy, peace and happiness........

Titus said...

I just loved "The sun shone hotly...".

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this summer account with buzzing bees and flowering meadows!
Thanks for your visit. You are right I had first another header of the same yard and there was somebody walking to her house. I replaced it by this one. Now I replaced the last one by an Australian photo.

willow said...

I love cows. They have such sweet faces. (not that I've been around that many of them...heehee) But I would have a lot of them, if I could. Anyway, I'm enjoying yours.

Eryl Shields said...

It was a perfect June day here too, made a nice change!

Is that the same water cress that supermarkets charge two quid a bag for?

maggi21 said...

I also remember those long sunny days when we used to walk to and from school across fields and down lane. It is definitely not memory playing us false.

ChrisJ said...

I would much rather be doing what you were doing than what the Farmer was doing. Yes there were days like that when I lived in East Yorkshire. Mmm...nostalgia.

Heather said...

I remember lovely summer days too Pat, spent hiding in the long grass of granny's paddock or making a den in the hedge. The farmer's vegetable garden is looking wonderful. I enjoyed the walk with you and Tess.

Coastcard said...

A glorious farm medley, Weaver.

Penny said...

Wonderful vegie garden and a beautiful walk.

BT said...

Do you know we had June days just like that? (or did we?) lol. The farmer's veg plot is a picture. Jim will be jealous! We never seem to achieve 'weed free' at all.

I enjoyed the photos and your walk. We have watercress right across our little stream (which is dry at the moment) and lots of yellow flag irises in flower too. They are so pretty.

Pondside said...

I remember the Junes of childhood. School was in until the last Friday of the month, and it was torture to be inside while it was so lovely outside - especially after a long hard winter.
Love your header!

angryparsnip said...

Lovely post about the month of June.
I keep wanting to tell you that I once had a Border Terrier, Samantha and I miss her so much even after all these years. Fabulous Terrier!
I now have two crazy Scottish Terriers that keep me busy.

cheers, parsnip

ChrisJ said...

Just thought of something else about the month of June in Yorkshire -- the long, long light evenings. Our sun goes down at 8:00p.m.

Derrick said...

Just another dreamy day in the dales, Weaver!

Teresa said...

Enjoyed that walk! Sounded so peaceful, green and refreshing.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Ah nostalgia - glad I am not the only one who remembers all those sunny June days.

Sue - we call the plants yellow water iris - or sometimes flags.

Eryl - it is the same type of water cress but as the cows and sheep drink (and do other things) in the water it is really not wise to eat it. Water cress in the supermarket is farmed.

Thanks to you all - glad to hear of other border terriers too!

The Weaver of Grass said...

'Yoursen' - love that - just what we would say up here Gwei Mui!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Jinksy - green and pleasant indeed.

highlandwriter said...

june days as a child... wow. chasing fireflies about and barely old enough to wonder what life was really all about...

:-)