There are lots of footpaths in and around the Amman Valley and we chose to look down a favourite one.
I often walk part way but after about 10 minutes walking there is a gate, it usually has a sign saying "animals roaming". Even though the dogs are on leads I do not go through, I am sure that an excitable puppy barking his head off would not be good for any animal.
Yesterday that notice had been removed and the gate stood open. There was no hesitation, through we went and it was delightful.
The rough track wound its way through meadows with waving grasses, swathes of Bluebells interspersed with white Campion and of course the omnipresent Dandelion, both shining gold discs and fluffy "clock" seed heads.
The trees were unfurling their leaves, acid green beech and Hazel and Oak leaves ranging from burnished bronze to light gold green. All around was the humming of busy insects, and over all was the herald of summer coming, the call of the Cuckoo. They have been gracing the valley with their call since I moved here.
I do sometimes see the victims of their success on the ground but that is nature.
We also have Adders along the old railway tracks, the first 2 years after we moved I picked pounds of blackberries along there. Then the following year there was a population explosion, one walker counted more than 20 along a fairly short stretch, I have not walked the track since.
There is a successful Fox population and of course, as we have so many Beech and Hazel trees, there is a proliferation of Grey Squirrel. There was one stretch of our walk that the Greys must have missed, under some tall beech saplings there was a carpet of young seedlings. the beech mast had dropped and much of it had germinated.
In the afternoon the heat drove me into the sewing room, I had pegged out my washing so that was ironed and put away.
While the board was up I tipped out a scrap box, holy moly, I pressed till my arms ached and will have to deal with that today.
It Is Not Going Back In The Box!
A crazy quilt may have to happen.
I also found a lap quilt top that needed a border, I dealt with that with a large remnant, I had to put cornerstones in to make it fit, and dug out enough fabric and wadding to layer and pin. If it is as hot today that will be quilted. I have made the binding so it could be a done job before the day is out. The finished size will be 50" ish square, it will be a gift.
I cannot remember exactly when I started it but I know that I was intent on making a "Jelly Roll Race" quilt and cut a strip or two from every fabric that I had. Of course I cut far too many and this was made with the leftovers, not enough for a quilt so it was put away and forgotten. This week it will be finished and make a little dent in the stash.
I am off to have a shower and will be wearing this today, nice and cool.