Miniature Ladies' Bedstraw growing on a very dry bank at Mwnt.
Restharrow in the same situation.
Wild Carrot, ditto.
Yarrow, hanging on in there.
I took these last few photos from the top of Llanllwni Mountain, which we drove across on the way home. I used to go this way to Uni back in the day, and know it well in all seasons . . .
This last photo is the view behind us, looking towards Llanybydder. Some nice rainy looking clouds, but no rain. We got all of a dozen drops this morning too . . .
I will try and add some more chat later but have just had a VERY FRUSTRATING ten minutes trying to change the delivery address of the magazine I subscribed too. But no, it won't save it and keeps going back to the wrong one. So someone else is going to get 6 Emma Bridgewater mugs AND my magazine for the next 6 months. Irritable emails (note PLURAL) have just been pinged off into the ether . . .
More chat! Not a lot to add really. I did manage a short walk this morning - I didn't want to push it as I have only just lowered my steroid inhaler and want to make sure I am functioning properly before I start to walk a bit further/faster. I just went up the valley bottom for about 3/4 mile and back again. The hedgerows are looking very weary - most of the wild flowers have either wilted or become totally dessicated, with the exception of the Umbellifers who can hack it. Some of the Blackberries have ripened early and I ate a couple yesterday. Others are growing on very dry banks and are barely producing fruit at all. I saw some wild Raspberries today, really suffering from the drought, and they looked to be sporting miniature (and dessicated) fruits.
Although we have two ponds in the garden, we also have cats, and I noticed a cock Blackbird and a Sparrow having a dustbath at the side of the lane near our house today. All I can say is, when they get home the missus is going to say, "Pooh, you smell of COWS!"
I saw something the other day I meant to mention. I never realized that Swallows were territorial. Firstly one saw off the Blackcap it saw on a ledge of the old cart shed. Then a few minutes later, a whole bunch of Swallows set upon a bird of prey which flew overhead - I think, size wise, it was a Sparrowhawk. Anyway, they weren't having any of THAT thank you very much, and pursued it upwards and upwards, chattering all the time, until they deemed it out of their patch. There must have been 20 or more chasing it.
Now our paddock has been turned back into garden (well, a lawn) again, there are lots of birds out there looking for what they can find. There are normally 2 pairs of Blackbirds fossicking about, and a pair of Thrushes (all have nested in the copse over the stream, which borders the lawn). Two Magpies were out there this morning (most unpopular birds with the Blackbirds and Thrushes) and there is normally a Jay or two about the place. The rabbit is still out there too, but he nearly met his maker the other day when Whitby-now-Sam black cat noticed him, and coopied right down, flattening himself into the grass, whilst the dozy rabbit moved TOWARDS him, and then up a bit, turning his back on him. You have to give it to rabbits, they make themselves an easy target!
All plans for this afternoon were abandoned as we suddenly had to dash into town to pay a bill we thought we had already paid (the Council don't let you forget for a minute!) Then I cooked the evening meal - a big batch of mince and some King Edward potatoes which needed using up (and OH, in his dotage, will ONLY eat King Edwards now. He won't even touch new potatoes any more). So that made a Cottage Pie for tea, and one for the freezer. I christened my new Pyrex storage dish with the plastic lid, and wish I'd bought half a dozen now, when they were on offer.
So, just wittering rather than any news, and although we DID have some rain this afternoon, it wasn't heavy enough of for long enough - though on both counts it was an improvement on the very short light shower we had earlier in the week. We may get more overnight, but I thought I had better water round everywhere just in case it didn't materialize.
We have a busy weekend ahead, and I hope you all enjoy yours.