Winter is coming!
As well as the Hawthorn being covered in Haws, the Holly trees a mile away are also loaded with berries.
I cycled the 6 mile loop round all the bits of the village last Friday stopping on the way to take this photo and a couple of other tree photos for the Ogham Tree Alphabet blog posts (which got completely forgotten this month). I hadn't been out on my bike at all since getting back to swimming, had to pump up the tyres before I could get going.
Brother-in-Law came yesterday with his old tractor and topper to sort the meadow, it's done and looking tidy with brambles gone from as much as possible. If there are no orchids next year I know I've done the wrong thing but hopefully the seeds should still be there.
He started off by saying that he would cut down everything but I managed to persuade him to leave a bit of the wildness down the bottom end on the right, leaving seed heads and undergrowth for a few creatures.
Mrs F. who we bought the house from, used to keep the whole meadow cut short all the time but I've got better things to do. The compromise is to keep the footpath cut and leave the rest and then every few years have a big tidy as above......that's my theory anyway.