Meadowsday is Saturday 2nd July. Typical – national celebration of meadows under the banner #Meadowsday and we are not at home to enjoy and celebrate the meadows! However I thought as we were not going to be here, and therefore not able to take part, I would write a blog and create a virtual walk through the fields instead.
The end of June, beginning of July is a wonderful time to explore the fields here. Every day this last week I have been walking through the fields below the farmhouse, enchanted by the wild flowers and abundance of orchids. I am always seeking to capture the wild flower or the meadow photograph and never quite thinking I have succeeded – hence filling the blog with dozens of images.
During the month of June I took part in #30DaysWild and blogged each day about what I saw or did. Sometimes just photographs, but sometimes some words too.
Imagine you are walking through the field below the house, you can hear Skylark and Meadowpipit singing high in the air, you can sense the warm sun lifting the scent of the flowering grasses at your feet and hear the gentle sound of the waves along the shore below. There is an oystercatcher calling, and you spot the seals on the rocks beyond the boathouse. Stop a while and look at the flowers at your feet. Eyebright, Yellow rattle, Buttercup, Speedwell, Red clover, White clover, Common spotted orchid, greater butterfly orchid, Red bartsia, Tufted vetch, Meadow vetchling and Heath pea vetch all in colourful profusion with swaying flowering grasses beyond.
Every day should be a #Meadowsday!