Old Hat

December is turning out to be a funny old month. After a horrible day yesterday it was really nice today.

It was windy but it was nice.

Fizz

Fizz

FizzWe went out to play in the fields behind the farm and while she was messing about, I was thinking about how much we have enjoyed these fields over the year.

FizzThis isn’t the most species rich habitat that we explore but it does have it’s own character and sometimes it is spectacular. We see things here that we would never see in the forest or down the little country tracks that we wander.

In April it was Dandelions… Thousands of them.

Dandelions

DandelionsIn May they went to seed.

DandelionsA couple of weeks later the field was yellow again, this time with Buttercups.

Buttercups

ButtercupsThese fields are rented out to a local farmer. Sometimes he will graze animals here (There are sheep on them at the moment) but this summer he was allowing them to grow to produce silage for his animals.

By June the grass was so long that finding our ball was becoming a bit of a problem.Long GrassIn June the grass was cut and there was our ball.

SilageThat wasn’t the end of the story. By July the fields were full of Clover.

Clover

Clover

CloverNow it is December and we are still enjoying these fields.

Today it was a bit windy.

Fetch

Fetch

Fetch

FetchI wrote about two wildflowers today but I think that I will save them for a rainy day šŸ™‚

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42 thoughts on “Old Hat”

  1. Ah, but here in Massachusetts, it is in fact a rainy day! And icy. And cold. And there are no fields to see or balls to chase. Thank you for your view of buttercups and clover, my dogs and I are all sighing with yearning.

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  2. Okay now I feel like I can relate to your post…dandelions, check… buttercups, check…clover, got it…losing the ball in the grass…only if the resident mower of lawns misses a week which doesn’t happen. But the big field can hide a plethora of animals including rabbits and groundhogs.

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  3. Hats off to you both for a lovely post. A stunning cast! How clever to coo about rolling in the clover and dandelions in December šŸ™‚ A great way to boost their image ~ who wouldn’t want to do that right about now?

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  4. My first thought was, “Look how white Fizz is underneath!” She is usually so muddy, it is hard to tell! šŸ˜‰ How nice to go back via photos to relive the spring and summer in the fields. I love the hat flying away – it was indeed a blustery day!

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  5. I find each post so interesting. Today you have shown us one field’s history for a year. Then we have this wonderful photo of your elongated shadow and Fizz’s shadow and your hat’s shadow joining the mix before the hat even gets there. You do much with your camera to amuse a nursing home resident via her computer. I thank you once more.

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    1. Thank you Ettel šŸ™‚ I did plan that picture, I knew that my hat would blow off my head, it had already happened about six times. I wanted to capture the spirit of the day, the low December sun and Fizz and the wind. I was hoping to get the shadow of the hat in a way that it would be recognisable. I didn’t realise that the hat had blown into the photograph until I got home. That was luck šŸ™‚

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  6. That’s some beautiful countryside you have to wander about in. It would be lovely for an avid walker like myself, but it will have to wait for another time. In the meantime, thank you, and thank Fizz for me, for taking me along with you on these walks, it’s the next best thing to being there. ‘Til next time.

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  7. What a wonderful start to my day! It was so joyful and thankful. Fizz looks so much like my dog when I was a youth. Her name was Tinkerbell after a sailboat that was making it’s way across the ocean.
    Hope you have a lovely walk, today…

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  8. What a wonderful celebration of A Year in the Life of your field! And I’m reminded of my favorite Emily Dickinson poem:

    To make a prairie, it takes a clover, and one bee.
    One clover, and a bee.
    And reverie.
    The reverie alone will do, if bees are few.

    šŸ™‚

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