Listening to Pam Ayres this morning on Saturday Live ( radio 4) sadly bemoaning the fact that country fields no longer have the huge variety of spring flowers they used to have when she was young; 60 years on and here in France, I realise how lucky I am that I can still have that same experience as some of the landscape remains unscathed here.
So vivid was her account of the abundance of wild flowers and grasses that she could have been describing our fields here where I walk every day. I’ve mowed a path that winds gently through the field so that I can enjoy wading through the grasses, clovers, campion, vetch, buttercups, marguerites, orchids, sorrels which reach almost as tall as me, and countless others plants I can’t put a name to. I particularly noted cuckoo-spit yesterday which she mentioned as well.
2 weeks ago:
Today it’s grown twice as high:
There’s just one difference though, which we don’t get in the UK, and that is the orchestra of cicadas which accompanies the bucolic scene, their oscillating chirrups complete the picture of a warm Spring day.
Of course, our field isn’t left entirely to itself because Graham cuts it twice a year. Like the French farmers and local communes who manage the road verges, he waits until the field has flowered before cutting, thereby ensuring a crop of wild flowers whilst preventing the brambles from taking over.
Full of the joys of Spring, rolling around where the wild boar have been rooting…..
and lastly this delicate wee fellow here found on the window last week, a newly hatched praying mantis:
8 thoughts on “Spring in my steps……”
Either you wereup very early or in bed really late!!! But GORGEOUS photos!!!! See you soon, Sua and Alec xxx
Up really late …yawn…….so I’ll be a tired bunny when you arrive!xxL
How lovely! You are back again.
Yes you gave me inspiration , we had such an enjoyable lunch overlooking our field. XxL
Oh dear Liz, thank you for that vivid invitation into spring in the country i know so well and miss so much!
Just like we miss you!
Dearest Marie, I miss you too, especially because I had to cancel our holiday with you! Never mind at least I’m benefitting from the warm spring sunshine and meadow flowers here. I would love to have seen Rotterdam in the Spring, but I will , indeed we will! When the Flying Scotsman gets back! XxxL
Liz! Beautiful photos I’ve been meaning to get in touch. I hope it’s a glorious summer for you. Think of you often. Xx Kathryn
Hi Katherine, lovely to hear from you! Hope you are well. Summer is officially on it’s way, the swallows arrived later in the day that I wrote this post, it’s so wonderful to hear their cries as they dart and dive through the skies. Much love Liz