Meadow Ant mounds on Heald Brow.
The Friday evening of the first May Bank Holiday weekend. TBH and Little S had tootled off to Dublin for their rugby tour. The team had had a surprise good luck message from “you know, that England rugby player, Dylan Thomas”, as TBH put it. Turned out to be Dylan Hartley, which is almost as impressive.
A and B and I were also going away, but A had a DofE training event on the Friday night and Saturday morning, so I decide to take advantage of the good weather we were having and get out for a local ramble.
The ‘force that drives the green fuse’ had been hard at work and Heald Brow was resplendent with trees bedecked with new-minted leaves and a host of wildflowers.
Early Purple Orchid.
I walked a small circuit around Heald Brow and stumbled across an area carpeted with Primroses…
If anything, this is even more impressive than the patch nestled in the limestone pavement at Sharp’s Lot which I am always keen to visit each spring.
In amongst the standard yellow flowers were some variants…
In the past, I’ve always assumed that these colourful exceptions were garden escapees, but now I’m wondering whether it was simply mutations like these which led to the selective breeding of the diverse variants which are now available for gardens.
I dropped down to the salt-marsh.
Which, unfortunately, left me in deep shade for some time.
Gorse at Jack Scout.
A Jack Scout shrub – shaped by the lashings of salty winds off the Bay.
Sunset from Jack Scout.