The Old Rectory


Isle of Wight

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Wonderful walks with my dog

By roses382, Nov 19 2015 05:03PM

We have a lurcher, Jack, who is always getting up to mischief. Back in the summer he decided to jump a gate, misjudged it, and broke all the bones in his foot. Although it is now pretty much healed, he is still restricted to short lead walks only. So several times a day, we do a circuit around the fields surrounding the house, and I get an opportunity to appreciate all the wonderful seasonal changes that happen on a daily basis.

Today it has been raining nearly all day, but still the landscape is so colourful. The larches are clinging on to their needles, now golden brown and contrasting wonderfully with the steely blue of the adjacent Scots Pines. I originally planted the larches to provide fast growing shelter for some of the slower growing natives, but having learnt that their cones provide seeds for Goldfinches, Siskins and Redpolls, at least some of them will be staying.

The silver birches and field maples are still holding on to some of their leaves, butter yellow in the dim November drizzle. I can appreciate the white trunks better now the leaves are falling, and the fine tracery of their twiggy branches.

But the highlight of the walk today, was realising that already, there are buds in place for next spring. Tiny green ones on the Viburnum Opulus, still be-decked in scarlet berries, and black buds on the sturdy upright branches of the Ash.

And as I walked back down the hill to the house, a Robin was singing, the Fieldfares were 'chacking' and the sky split to reveal enough blue to sew a pair of Dutchman's Breeches (a lovely saying told to me recently by my 86 year old neighbour). And I had a big grin on my face!

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