When I want to go for a country walk, all I have to do is to walk out of our yard and keep walking! If I turn right and then left by the stream, I climb steadily upwards through woodland, cross a field and through woodland again and then I am out on the hill, with views in all directions. This is looking up the slope - and is the view I can see from the garden if I sit on the swinging bench at the back of the garden. This is just what I did yesterday.
Looking back along the slope.
The little lane from our place up to the farm and beyond.
This old farmhouse is the friendly light in the night in winter.
Breathtaking views in all directions.
Even wasps have to eat! This little Toadflax type flower grows all over the Bank, having self-seeded. It supports a large insect community here. In their turn, the insects support a huge bird community. We have about 20 Swifts flying overhead all day long, hawking for insects. Today counted about 25 Swallows sat on the wire across the lane. Two broods and parents accounted for some, but I don't think they had THAT many offspring, so some probably been raised in the old stables in the field across the lane. Another brood of House Martins has fledged and an old broken nest has been repaired - whether as a nest site or somewhere to cwtch overnight, I'm not sure, but it was an absolute joy to look out of the bathroom window and see them swooping past and up to add mud to the nest.
Bumble bees happily plundering the Lavender. We had a visit from a rareish butterfly yesterday - a White Letter Hairstreak (haven't seen Hairstreaks since living in Dorset). This one paid a flying visit - settled briefly on a rosebud and then departed, looking for bramble flowers, before I had a chance to get my camera.