Yesterday I spent an hour with the physiotherapist dealing with various aches and pains - very painful it was too - but, as they say, there is no gain without pain, so I have high hopes of an improvement (there is already a slight one today.) Shortly after arriving home again a friend and I went to a special nature site quite near to here, where there are quite unusual wild flowers. Unfortunatly we were a fortnight too late and only already seeding plants were there. There had been swathes of thrift and scurvy grass, a smattering of orchids, rock roses, thyme - plants which don't really grow in our area but which were growing there for a certain reason. The area had been a lead mine and there were spoil heaps still around and these heaps had attracted plants. I took some photographs but thunder was threatening while we were there so we were hurried, and only after returning home did I find I had taken most of them in the wrong mode.
Later in the week it is the farmer's birthday and friends from The Netherlands are coming to celebrate it with us, so I am beginning to make preparations. This afternoon, after sitting out in the sun over a cup of tea, I feel just like Tess looks in the photograph - so this isn't a proper blog today bloggy friends. I apologise for that and shall hopefully think of something more erudite for tomorrow. In the meantime look how Tess has grown up (she is ball-mad) and enjoy the photograph of the avens going to seed. Up here there are wood avens and water avens and even a hybrid of the two. I don't know which this is - but the farmer calls this plant Soldier's Buttons.