The garden has enjoyed the rain over the weekend even if the people haven't, the roses smell sweeter and it all looks fresher for a good drink. This is the rose Gertrude Jekyll underplanted by Cranesbill. We still went for a walk yesterday...well Wrecks insists! We walked from the back of Milton Abbas school, down a bridlepath to Hilton the next village. Actually we lost the path so went three ways before we found the right path, I know we should have taken the OS map with us but it was raining and we didn't want to get it wet! As we walked across an open field it poured with rain even harder so we admitted defeat and retraced our steps back to the car so didn't quite make it to Hilton but we will return............ on a dry day!
Over the weekend we also did a walk round Thorncombe woods where Thomas Hardy's cottage is, the famous poet and author, we sat by a dewpond for a while and saw several male Broad bodied chasers, but no females ( could be a problem for their future if some don't turn up!) Just behind the cottage we heard alot of calling of birds and disturbance high in an old tree, stopped to watch and saw an adult Spotted Woodpecker with a beak full of food and we think there must have been chicks up there in a hole in the tree that we couldn't see calling for food. The noise was incredible.
The tree is up
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