Friday, 2 October 2015
Tess and I had a lovely walk around one of the meadows (one without any cattle grazing!) after lunch. The air was still, the sky was blue, the crows were lazily flying around from tree to tree (have you noticed how in the country, when the swallows are gone, the rooks take over and become the dominant bird?)
Large rabbit holes have appeared in the hedge bottom - perhaps a sign that the rabbits are moving house to get ready for winter, although I think they breed almost all the year round (we don't use the phrase 'breeding like rabbits' for nothing).
The ash trees are beginning to turn yellow, both the leaves and the 'keys'; we have so many ash trees on our land I do hope we don't get ash die-back, although I suppose it is inevitable.
Tess is very kind when she is out in the fields with me; she goes at my pace and if she gets in front then she waits for me to catch up.
She rarely goes into the meadows so she really enjoyed the new smells. Although the farmer hit the thistles hard in the Spring when they were young, some escaped and are now covered in thistledown, so beloved of the goldfinches and the reason why there are so few on our niger seed at present.
The walls are covered in moss. The farmer added a strand of barbed wire. Although we both hate the stuff, it does discourage the sheep from jumping up on to the wall and making their escape into the lane. Doesn't the lane look inviting in my photograph? While the leaves are still on the trees it reminds me of a lane in a fairy story.
In the front garden my schizostyllus is the best it has been for a few years. I think it must be the amount of rain we have had - the plant has managed to stand upright rather than droop over on to the path.
We are all hoping that this wonderful Indian Summer lasts over the week-end; it is many a year since we had such glorious weather so late in the year.
It is the church coffee morning in the morning - then a free week-end. Enjoy yours whatever you may be doing.