There is Fizz, waiting under my window, keeping an eye on me.
In retrospect I have to ask myself, “Why bathe before you go out with Fizz? It’s not like she’s fussy and you know what is going to happen, don’t you?”
It is a lovely day and I am stepping out with lovely clean feet.
After the snow we had a storm. Yesterday was just horrible with strong wind and icy rain. Today it is a beautiful day to be alive. Blue and still.
Following the storm, parts of the track were very wet and this “Selfie” is actually the precise moment when I realised that something had gone badly wrong.
For the rest of the day I will be sloshing about in a boot full of muddy water.
Nice woods though.
I need a carry!
The Sheep are all safe and happy at the bottom of the garden. I have been given my own little haystack and instructions to feed them half a bale a day until the farmer returns. That shouldn’t be too difficult 🙂
Cerastium glomeratum, The Sticky Mouse Ear
It is very similar to the closely related Common Mouse Ear, Cerastium fontanum so here are a few differences to look out for.
Sticky Mouse Ear is also known as Clustered Mouse Ear, The flowers are clustered together in a tight flower head. Common Mouse Ear flowers are more spread out.
The green sepals of Sticky Mouse Ear are sometimes tipped with red. The entire plant is covered with fine hairs and at the tip of each hair is a small gland that secretes a sticky substance that gives the whole plant a slightly sticky feel.
Characteristically the hairs on the sepals extend beyond the tips of the sepals, with Common Mouse Ear they don’t.
Sticky Mouse Ear is a member of the Pink or Carnation family, a family that also includes the Campions. I can see several similarities between this and the hairy Red Campion. It is native to the UK and Europe but it is present on most continents as an introduced species.
Species: Cerastium glomeratum