Thursday morning was sunny and I most certainly was not going to waste it working. I decided to take Nella on our favourite walk, Bedlam Lane. I love this area mainly for the verges.
This is the reason, they are left as nature intended.
My most favourite wildflower of the countryside is Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow. As I walk along the lane the fragrance is amazing.
Nella also loves this walk......there are rabbit runs dotted all along the lane.
And Nella has to check every one out :) You have probably noticed Nella has a docked tail (something I do not personally agree with ) This was obviously done by her previous owner. You are allowed to dock a working dogs tail. If Nella went too deep into a rabbit hole, the theory is you could grab her tail, and hopefully pull her out. I do so hope I never have to put this to the test.
Sheep are enjoying the sunny weather, as you can see by the above image the meadow reaches the sheeps body....no legs to be seen.
Insects were busy but I was in search of the Meadow Butterflies. They thrive along Bedlam Lane. The farmer seems to be aware of their plight and leaves his verges overgrown. He will cut them back sometime in the winter. He also leaves some of his hay meadow standing right through until next Spring.
I was not disappointed. I literally saw dozens and dozens of Meadow Butterflies dancing along the hedgerow.
Wildflowers were covered in them............
The Meadow Browns are here and plenty of them. They often fly on dull days and will even fly in drizzle. How the 'monsoon type' showers will affect their breeding I do not know. We will find out next year but hopefully this farmer has given them a fighting chance and I for one feel that he deserves some recognition. Three cheers for the Bedlam Lane farmer :)
Happy safari.......may you all dance with the butterflies :)