We went out for a short walk to Great Bardfield and parked up and walked down a marked bridleway. It was butterfly heaven and I was treated to seeing ‘Orange-tip’ ‘Holly Blue’ and a ‘Speckled Wood’ butterflies. This was especially great for me as the ‘Orange-tip has been an elusive butterfly as they never seem to settle for long. It was so lovely walking along the path and seeing the countryside and hearing wonderful birdsong.
Orange tip (folded back wings)
Bridleway in Great Bardfield, Essex
I spent an hour this afternoon at Ickworth, the National Trust property and went around the Italian Garden.
The scenery was amazing and I also loved seeing the forget-me-nots (such a vivid blue) and the ferns unfurling.
As we were leaving the property I was impelled to take photographs of these adorable lambs.
Smeuse (Sussex): ‘a hole in the base of a hedge made by the repeated passage of a small animal’. Now you know the word smeuse (pronounced ‘smee-ooze’), you’ll notice these signs of creaturely commute more often.
Robert MacFarlane put me on to this wonderful word when I read his book Landmarks
I love this word and now I know it I have been on the look out for a local smeuse and I found several. (any excuse to use my new found knowledge with my camera) We have local badgers, foxes, rabbits, hares, voles, mice, rats and weasels so who knows who has been going in and out?