Thursday, August 24, 2006
A Wonderful Late Summer's Day
Today has been just about perfect - blue skies, warm but not too hot sunshine and a light breeze. I took Bilbo Baggins(pictured left among the bluebells) for a long walk this afternoon up a lane that leads towards the moors. This is going to be a fabulous autumn for berries and nuts I think.
All the rowans and hawthorns are absolutely laden and there are lots of blackberries and rosehips too. There was one particular place where the rosehips were positively glowing in the sunlight and as I pressed the shutter to take a photo the message came up 'Battery empty'!! For once I didn't have a spare one with me so I shall have to go again because they were really beautiful. I discovered right at the top of the lane, just before it fades out onto the moor, a holly bush - a large one! - absolutely thick with berries. They are still green of course but when Winter Solstice comes round I shall know where to go for holly for my sled. I know of at least two other bushes that berry well in good years but I haven't checked up on them yet. Both are off the beaten track so tend to be left alone and I take only what I need so that the bulk are left to feed the birds. There are parts of the lane where you can see right over Blackamoor and there were great sheets of purple in the distance where the heather is flowering - fortunately my battery hadn't run out at that point so here is a picture of it. Well, the picture appears to have put itself at the top of the page - I am still on a learning curve as far as uploading images and setting things out is concerned!
It was exciting to discover I already have a comment on my blog - thank you tea and margharitas!