We came back on Sunday from 5 nights in Herefordshire. To be honest I am so grateful that we are fortunate enough to have this refuge when we need to escape from the builders and nightmare that is next door especially as they have now started working Sundays - against the regulations but of course the neighbour doesn't seem to think they apply to him! Our house is a 1920's semi and in those days they came with large gardens which was the main reason we bought this house. The latest news from next door is that they have now concreted over with huge patio areas two thirds of the garden (or the bit that isn't covered in extensions and "bungalow" :( It looks horrendous! and of course not good for climate change, the biodiversity crisis because these gardens can be rich in wildlife and flooding risks. I am not happy but at the end of the day what can you do?
Anyway onto nicer things :)
The Herefordshire Oak seems to be losing its summer "freshness" perhaps a very slight hint of a change of colour in the leaves?
and the Octopus Tree - the outline now seems to be a little clearer. I do hope this tree doesn't develop Ash Dieback Disease as there are a lot of ashes on the site although they look healthy enough.
The hedgerows are full of berries - elder, hawthorn and blackberry.
Instead of flowering again the Fox and Cubs seems to have put all its energy into spreading! I have had to warn B it might be just a little invasive! The poached egg plant grown from seeds has flowered although something is nibbling at them! But if they don't self seed I think B kept some seeds in reserve for next year.
We arrived Tuesday lunchtime and did the usual click and collect Leominster. Wednesday we went to Hay and in the evening the bats were out and about. Thursday it rained all day and Friday we went to Croft Castle. Saturday was rain yet again all day on and off and we came home Sunday lunchtime. I'll do separate posts on Hay and the castle and Croft Castle.
One evening we saw a baby hedgehog on the lawn in front of the caravan. The site has a really healthy population of hedgehogs which is good news considering the decline in numbers the species has suffered. Just a record shot it was getting dark!
Photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera. (I don't particularly rate my photos but if anyone wishes to use one I would be grateful for an email first - Thanks)