Beside the Path 4

Flowering white dead-nettle amongst the leaves of cleavers, common nettles, and hogweed by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

Beside the Path 3

The new unblemished horse chestnut leaves reach down low towards the waist-high white cow parsley flowers beside the path. Later in the year, the leaves will develop the brown blemishes caused by the larvae of the chestnut leaf miner moth, which is a species that has been accidentally introduced to Britain from Spain.

Beside the Path 2

Flowering grasses and cow parsley by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

The main grass in the foreground above is Cock’s-foot. The flowers are not yet open and all is still green. – see image below. It’s appearance will change delightfully as the flowers open in a few weeks’ time

Beside the Path 1

Luxuriant foliage and White Dead-nettle by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

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Spring Flowers at Charlton Down

Images from a walk around my Dorset village this late Spring (7th May). Sycamore, field maple, copper beech, ash, oak and chestnut were in flower. Shrubbier plants like hawthorn, holly, wayfarer, and guelder rose were blossoming in hedgerows. Dandelions gone to seed already, with daisies, self heal, blue speedwell, red clover, and chickweed flourishing where the lawns have not been cut for “no mow May”. Bog bean flowers surviving in the muddy margins of our fast-shrinking pond. And the white froth of cow parsley in great abundance everywhere.

Sunrise Today

View of the sunrise from my window this morning

Happy Christmas

A Safe, Healthy, and Happy Christmas to you all.

Lichens on Bark 1

This time of year, when leaves fall and plants fade, when damp days persist, lichens and mosses flourish and almost glow with colour.

Lime Tree By The Village Shop

The centre of Charlton Down is marked by the presence of a large lime tree. People come and go every day beneath its canopy to visit the village shop and post office, to meet friends, to sit in the shade, to catch the bus. They pass beneath its branches on their way to the village hall, the playing fields, the cricket ground, to buy from the hot food vans that park nearby, and use it as a rendezvous point for walks into the surrounding countryside. I do not suppose that many villagers notice the tree very much at all. But I like it, and delight in the changes it undergoes from season to season.

New Day Dawning

A beautiful start to today.. The view from my window in Charlton Down at sunrise.