It’s really just a pic for #30DaysWild today – a picture of these vibrant and beautiful ‘weeds’ in amongst the dried out grass. They are some kind of hawkbit, but there are so many….
These dandelion – family flowers are by the Wheatland Farm fishing pond, which sits between Otter Cottage and Balebarn Lodge. The soil surrounding the pond (it used to be a slurry pit in times long gone by, when Wheatland Farm was a dairy farm) seems to be only a few centimetres thick. The grass here always dries to a crisp whenever we have hot weather.
Well, in the last few days we’ve finally had a splash of rain, and just look how the flowers have responded. These yellow beauties are a joy to see, especially And they’ll probably set seed and spread further if we don’t have to mow. We certainly won’t be taking them out.
Elsewhere on the farm baby birds are looking fluffy, oxeye daisies are in full bloom, swallows are chattering from the farmhouse roof, and we hear the baa of sheep in neighbouring fields. Today our neighbours came with a tractor mounted fencing posts to help us get ready for the summer-grazing cows. They should be here towards the end of next week.
This time last year: We’d found an amazing flight of long horned moths during a bike ride to our favourite cafe. Oh how we wish we could go there now and eat brownies with a lovely cup of coffee.
This time in 2018: A blood vein moth had caught our attention
This time in 2017: We were spending an hour at the Winkleigh community trees. We’ve been doing more this year too, with a spring mow of the spiral in April and another mow in May. We’ll be back later this month too.