There is a cold wind blowing today and it is carrying hail and rainstorms with it but there are moments when the sky clears and the sun shines and it feels like Spring.
It looks like Spring.
The floor is covered in tiny little green things,
I don’t know what they are (but they are Ivy-leaved Speedwell) but it is all a jumble and there are lots of different species here,
I am just going to look at a few of them today.
Lesser Celandine, I know that we see a lot of it in March but it is just so lovely and you won’t get to see it in June.
Anyway, you know what they say? When you are tired of Celandine, you are tired of life….
What would you rather do?
That was an over long video of Fizz at her “Falling off a log” class. I try to be as supportive as I can, she is trying hard to better herself and in a couple more years she will graduate and be a Master of Falling off Logs.
Nobody said it was gonna be easy.
I will leave her practising because just a bit further up the track are the Primroses.
This is also where I grow my greens.
You can eat the Primroses, they have two good qualities, The leaves are quite crunchy and give a bit of body to a salad and the flowers are pretty (also they are good for you) but food requires another quality and that is flavour, Wild Garlic is my favourite salad leaf in the world and easily surpasses anything that you can buy in a supermarket. I love this herb.
Today I found a new wild flower, well, not new, I have been waiting for it. The first of my year, this is the Early Dog Violet.
I know most of what is coming and when to expect it. I can feel my birds wings beating as they return from Africa and I know there will be Orange Tips here soon. I know and I love these things. There will be Sweet Violets in a week or so and just after they arrive we will start seeing the Common Dog Violet (even prettier than this one) I love the Spring. Blackthorn may be in blossom already in places but it is always late here, it won’t be long and our Marsh Marigolds are out but only in the centre of the pond and I cant photograph them there.
Soon now the fields behind the farm will fill with thousands of yellow flowers.
I don’t suppose that you remember that from last year, do you?
Well, I do.I found out something about Fizz today but first let’s get this into perspective.
I came here to try and rent this flat on a dark November night. I was a homeless man with little going for me except an honest outlook and a brown envelope stuffed with cash. I was lucky and I was able to make a deal and as I left I noticed that they had a cat. (They don’t have a cat)
When I started walking her I asked what she was, I might have asked “what the heck she was” because my Dogs have been German Shepherds and Collies and I didn’t have any experience of Toy Dogs. I also asked how old she was and I was told about three years. Chatting to Margaret today, apparently she will be three next September. She was a yearling when I met her and that helps to explain how stupid she is.
Nevertheless I have come to love her. (I also love quite a few Beetles and worms)
I am just going to finish this. On the way home she wanted to play the “Gate Game.”