"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Herefordshire 2023 (5) - Part 1: Hatfield trees and a Walk Around the Pool


We've been back to Herefordshire for 3 nights mainly because B was worried about the garden and pots and also so he could carry on cleaning the exterior of the caravan while the weather is so good.  We arrived on Sunday 28th May and did the usual click and collect at Morrisons, Leominster. The site was busier than usual being a bank holiday weekend.

The Herefordshire Oak

The "Octopus Tree" -you can't see the witch and her hat any more.

The tree by the copse which I've nicknamed the "Constable Tree" as it reminds me of trees in John Constable paintings.

Herbs are doing well - apologies for the upside down beer bottle! We fill them with water to keep the pots moist when we are not there - it seems to work.  

On the way home from the last trip we stopped off at Bringsty Vintage Shop looking for a half barrel pot - they hadn't got any but I did buy a few rustic labels for herbs. They weren't cheap!

Mayfly on the caravan.

We went for a walk by the pool early evening and there were loads of Mayflies down there plus a pair of Canada Geese with Goslings.

It looks as though a Tawny Mining bee has been busy :)

One of the fields you can walk around - this one has a small wild flower area.

D didn't come with us this time as OU exams are looming!

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix. I don't particularly rate my photos but if anyone wishes to use one I would be grateful for an email first - thanks.


The Quacks of Life said...

some nice trees...

i think your Goslings are a little more advanced than mine

Ragged Robin said...

The Quacks of Life - Thanks Pete - Herefordshire has some superb trees especially veteran and ancient ones in places. Very wooded county :)

Rustic Pumpkin said...

Goodness, the trees are changing at an alarming rate each time now. Calling that one the Constable tree made me smile, but it's very true too. Lovely photos, especially of the geese and goslings. Good luck to D with his exams. Treasure is wondering where is Timothy please?

Ragged Robin said...

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. Yes trees are changing :) Thanks for the good luck wishes. Exams will be over this year at midnight tonight :) Timothy was there so re-assure Treasure. He won't be in next post either but will make an appearance in the last two :)

Sal said...

I’d certainly love a vintage garden shop near to where I live! Mind you, I’d no doubt be broke after a few visits! 😂

Ragged Robin said...

Sal - Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. Its a lovely vintage centre but certainly not cheap!

Rosie said...

How lovely it all looks and so peaceful. The trees look so lush and green. We always used to say that Constable's trees look like Broccoli so your mention of it made me smile. I had memories of sitting in a hot, dusty exam room at the local art college writing about Constable when I did A level History of Art - many years ago. I remmber too OU exams I hope D will sail through them:)

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie Thanks so much and yes the site is very very peaceful a real haven. Love the comment about Constable trees and Broccoli! I would imagine History of Art is a fascinating subject to study. Yes I remember 2 OU exams too sat in Great Hall Uni of Bham - thankfully others courses were End of Course Assessments - much easier. The History course now (whether due to covid not sure) has a strange system sort of cross between exam and ECA. You sit it at home and they release the paper at midnight and you have 24 hours to submit your paper. Last week's was awful as the builders were so noisy thumping banging drilling right next to our house more or less non stop all day. He also found the last question hard but having said that so did the others! Yesterday's went much better all round and at least it wasn't as noisy next door. All his TMA's have been high distinctions so just hope he does well in these exams.

The Wessex Reiver said...

An ingenious way or reusing beer bottles after the contents have been imbibed to lubricate the little grey cells. Good luck with the exams D.

Ragged Robin said...

The Wessex Reiver - Thanks so much Andrew. Use wine bottles too in those pots :) Thanks so much for good wishes re: my son. Exams over now - finished yesterday. Just one more year to go.

CherryPie said...

It is all looking lovely :-)

Ragged Robin said...

CherryPie - Thank you.