7/17/2008

Walking with Ted




As I have enjoyed visiting my guests' blogs and glimpsing everyday life in countries near and far, I thought you might like to join Ted and I on our morning walk. You will need your Wellington boots and a winter coat today as it's a bit chilly and damp under foot.

Within a stone's throw of our door lies a couple of fields of fallow land. The path you see in the photograph has been fashioned by feet; dogs, people, rabbits and foxes have all helped to keep the path closely cropped. The middle of the path is mainly grass and tiny clover leaves, on the margin the plants grow longer and more luxuriant; buttercups, clovers, vetches give way to ox-eye daisies, ragwort, thistles and grasses Every day is different, the fields team with life as the wild and diverse plant species attract many varieties of birds, animals and butterflies. The path reminds me of an embroidery and the field - a firework display, in the sense that one beautiful display is replaced by another spectacle throughout the year.

We often see toads and frogs, not today - we found huge, black slugs enjoying the damp grass. On the bindweed tiny banded snails clung onto the tendrils and leaves. One summer Ted came across a grass snake and adders have been spotted near the stream.

I don't normally take my camera with me which is just as well, everywhere I look there is something wonderful to photograph, very distracting and time consuming when there is work to be done!

6 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the walk with you and Ted. A lovely place to spend time with the camera. You really must take it with you more often. x

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  2. That was a good walk and I can see Ted enjoyed himself. Your photos are lovely you have captured all the wild flowers so clearly that I was searching for a four-leaved clover:) I've noticed that the bindweed seems to be in flower earlier this year - I always associate the flowers with the end of August not July.

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  3. I am no photographer, I just point my camera and hope for the best! More luck than judgement.

    Rosie, I think you are right about the bindweed!

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  4. So lovely! And your dog is so cute. Your drawing is amazing.

    Thank you for taking us along!

    jb

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  5. Oh I am so happy to have found your blog! Thank you for the walk discription, I felt as if I were right behind you! I will be back to visit, I am sure.

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  6. This is soooo lovely,i like the toad .He looks like Gustave,the toad in my garden.And ted is cute!
    Can i add you to my kindred spirit list? Your work is amazing!

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