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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.



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.


DandelionsIn May they went to seed.

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



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

Today it was a bit windy.




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


The symbol of Ireland. The Shamrock isn’t actually a species. The name comes from the Irish word Seamrog which literally translates as little clover.

There have been two serious botanical surveys to try and find out what a Shamrock is, both surveys involved asking people from across Ireland to send in samples of Shamrock which were then potted up and their species determined.

About half of the respondents voted for this species.

Trifolium dubium, Lesser Clover or Lesser Yellow Trefoil.

Lesser CloverAbout a third voted for Trifolium repens the White Clover,

White CloverAnd a mere handful went for Trifolium pratense or Red Clover.

Red CloverWhichever species it is I am sure that we have got Shamrocks growing here. Take your pick.

Lesser Clover Lesser Clover White Clover White Clover White Clover Red Clover Red Clover Lesser CloverIs Clover good food? No and Yes.

The leaves are what they term a survival food and that just means that there isn’t any point in eating them. They won’t kill you they just don’t taste very nice.

The flowers are completely edible and add a nice bit of colour to dinner.

Now I have just got to find a four leafed one.

Lesser Clover White Clover White Clover Red Clover Lesser Clover Lesser Clover White Clover Red Clover