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Wednesday 20 May 2015

How about a country walk this morning?

Good morning... or afternoon, or evening depending on where you are in the world.
I decided this morning that Muffy and I should stretch our legs.
I know that's a little difficult for Muffy, with being so near to the ground
(virtually challenged shall we say) 
but when she's up for it, she certainly can walk.
So instead of the park as usual this morning, we heading out into the country lanes.
Would you like to join us...?
The fresh gusty wind was playing with the clouds... chasing their shadows across the fields.
The birds were also having great difficulty navigating, with gusts blowing them off course and whether they wanted to or not, making spectacular acrobatic displays.
The gorse is stunning at the moment and I'm sure there wasn't this much around at this time last year. 
It's bright yellow floral display is quite a delight whilst we wait for the sun to return.
I remember someone asked on a previous post what gorse actually was but unfortunately I've forgotten who asked! 
I know it's an age thing.
Here's a few facts about gorse for those that aren't familiar with the thorny evergreen.
The flowers have fantastic yellow flowers that have a distinctive coconut smell.
It likes banks, heaths and sea-cliffs although at the moment it appears to be everywhere I look.
Folklore says you should only kiss your beloved when gorse is in flower. 
The good news is that it is pretty much in bloom at any time of year! 
But the peak time for the vibrant yellow blooms is April and May.
This photo might give you some idea of how strong the wind was... I even had to hold onto my hat!
One advantage for Muffy being so low down to the ground, is that she was tucked away behind the granite walls for much of the time, so out of the strong wind... otherwise with her being off lead she might have been the first dog to fly!
Does anyone else remember playing as a child with dandelions? 
We would shout and chant "wet the bed... wet the bed" if anyone picked one and on a more friendly note, we would use the seedlings to tell the time singing the rhyme... one-o-clock, two-o-clock...etc etc... whilst blowing the seeds from the stem.
Just another little fact... did you know that a seed can be carried as many as five miles from their origin.
It also has the longest flowering season of any plant! 
No wonder I can't clear them out of my garden.

It was lovely to have you join me this morning... I hope you enjoyed it.
I thought I've shown you enough of my garden and some of the plants within it
(see my Instagram feed in my sidebar if you don't use Instagram) 
so I thought it was a good idea to expand and go further afield, quite literally.

Well, I'm off now to tackle those dandelions and other weeds.
(whispering voice... the sun's shining!!!)
Have a wonderful Wednesday... enjoy!


  1. Its morning for me.. and i sit here enjoying my first cup of coffee while reading your lovey post..... It rained last night ... a nice soaking rain and i dare say we will be cool and cloudy for the rest of the day... Which is fine by me...the longer i can stave off hot and humid the happier i will be... lol ... I have not ever heard of gorse and lovely it is. The color reminds me of our forsythia...I think i finally live somewhere now where i might be able to grow some as it does require some cold winter weather to flower properly in the spring...

    I have not heard either one of your rhymes. We used to sing something about 'popped off her head' then popped off the top of the dandelion... funny i can't remember the song now... like you said... old age. lol I used to love making a wish then blowing off the seeds... While mowing our grass yesterday we found a patch of wild strawberries growing in our yard! Ofcourse we mowed it before we realized what it was so hopefully it will grow back.... :) I enjoyed tagging along on your walk Neesie.. i hope you'll take us again... Hugs! deb

    1. We have forsythia too Deb, obviously our climate is cold enough. Sometimes I wish it wasn't although I wouldn't like humidity again. I remember it well when we lived in Brunei. Not pleasant.
      It was fun blowing the seeds of the dandelion but now that I'm trying to keep them from my garden I'm paranoid that nothing disturbs them to spread the seeds until I can deal with them.
      How fantastic to find wild strawberries. We have strawberries but I planted them myself. I'm quite thrilled because they have flowers which is quite a feat with the weather we've been having lately.
      I'm glad you enjoyed our walk and yes, certainly I'll give you a shout when we go again.
      Hugs back to you... have a great day and weekend to come. It's Bank Holiday here so we have a long one... woohoo

  2. I had a great time walking with you. Gorse is a beautiful plant and since I knew nothing about it I appreciate all the information you shared. Dandeliions I'm way too familiar with, LOL.


  3. We didn't have any songs or rhymes--just blew the little white parachute-seeds all over the place. (Our parents got made because they were trying to get rid of the dandelions in the yards). Lovely walk with you and Muffy this morning. :)

  4. Wow... so beautiful!! LOVE that dandelion! They tend to take over our backyard, but I still enjoy seeing the boys blowwww them:-)


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