Sunday, August 22, 2010

The End of August in Northumberland

What a beautiful day! I really feel very lucky to live on the doorstep of such a wonderful county and to have a DH who wants to show me all his favourite places. Today we went back to a walk we've done before, not far from Mitford and Meldon in Northumberland about half an hours drive from our home.

The sun shone, the sky was blue and the day started with lots of sightings of butterflies.

The fields are full of ripening wheat which is a sight to behold, so much more pleasing than the oil seed rape of earlier in the year! We could hear the Combine Harvester in a neighbouring field. I expect all the farmers were making the most of a dry day after all the recent rain, they were still hard at it when we were leaving to make out weary way home.
So nice to be out of the city and walking along the footpaths and bridal ways :)

Everywhere are colours I'd love to capture in dyes and fibre or yarn :) But today wasn't about work it was about making time for family and to let the past few weeks hassles and stresses evaporate.

Even the daisies are on top form when the sun gives it's glow to everything around us.
This little guy was happy enough to be singing in the sunshine and DD2 was fascinated by him and the other insects. She ran along spotting things for DH to photograph and he took full advantage of the excellent light conditions. This was the only section of our walk today which was on the road but it was one of those quiet country single lane roads - so quintessentially English with the fields on either side and large untidy hedgerows full of life and colour.

A walk full of butterflies and bees - just what the doctor ordered!
I counted 5 different butterfly species.

The spiders were busy too!

There were pretty sheep and hens of course.

Into the woods and we found fantastic alien looking fungi growing on the trees.

Look at the texture on the top of this! It looks as soft as a peach.

Now these I know are Texel, I asked the farmer :)
There were also blackies and mules :) which I recognise now since Agusta and I went up to see Julie when they were shearing.

As we walked past a shed where they were shearing earlier in the year we saw abandoned fleece! This was like torture but I didn't stuff it in my rucksack and run away LOL

I was tempted!

There were green lanes and lanes of green.

It was a good day :)

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