Yesterday was a pouring-wet day here - very miserable for anyone up here on holiday. Today it is cooler, fresher and sunny. A lovely day in fact.
After lunch the farmer and I walked down the pasture and then up the Christmas tree field. It is a long time since I did this walk as I am not altogether steady on my feet on uneven ground and really need somebody near at hand (apart from Tess who would be pretty useless if I fell.)
It was lovely. Both fields were empty of stock. Sheep and/or cattle can only be left in a field for so long before it is eaten off or the grass becomes uneatable. This made the going easy. We picked several mushrooms (better picked early morning, but we did check for maggots and discarded one or two)|.
Plenty of crane flies (Daddy long legs) around - a sure sign of Autumn on its way - and a distinct lack of butterflies. The crab apple trees are covered in tiny green apples (the cattle like them later on when they fall to the ground) and the hawthorn berries, although still green, have a hint of the red to come.
It was good to see the Christmas trees thriving well. The farmer has an uphill job to keep out the rabbits (the field is absolutely riddled with them) but so far he has kept on top of them.
The icing on the cake would have been to see either a kingfisher or a heron on the beck, but sadly neither, although we know they are both resident. Each time I get down there the wood grows taller and denser and at this time of year it is dark underneath and all the early wild flowers (daffodils, blue and white bells, primroses) have long since finished for another year.
The morning was spent in town having coffee and a scone at The Old School House where there was a Summer Fayre. Lots of friends there so nice chats and a lovely atmosphere. Then home for sausage and mash with our own peas and onion gravy. The farmer's favourite.
I am pleased to say that he is back to normal today. One day's rest of that hip and it seems alright again thank goodness.
Whatever you are thinking of doing, have a good weekend.