Summer has been somewhat disappointing this year. In true British fashion, the heatwave arrived early in May and June - stayed for a few weeks - and then quickly disappeared. Throughout August, my 'summer' wardrobe has therefore consisted of wellington boots, hoodies and fleeces, as well as winter coats and bed socks. Luckily, I have had the pleasure of spending August in the Cotswolds where - come rain or shine - beauty can always be found. Preparations are currently underway for our second National Garden Scheme open garden event of the year, and I thought that before I post about the charity event, I could write about the more natural landscapes and wildflowers of the local area.
Although there isn't quite as much to see out walking as you might find in a public or private garden, the hunt for unexpected inhabitants can be just as interesting. As well as commonly known scotch thistles and bramble bushes, poppies can often be found lurking among wheat fields, and carpets of yellow rattle create respite for weary walkers tired of long grasses. In the alkali soil of the Cotswolds, Beech trees and Hawthorns grow quite happily, and along with elderberries, these species provide pollen and nectar for bees throughout the Summer, and berries for birds in the Autumn.
With the inevitability that the colder months will soon be upon us, the colour of the fields will quickly fade, so grasp the chance to go walking while it's still warm enough to stop and admire. I go walking for the same reason I go running: good exercise, fresh air - and most importantly - time to yourself to calm down, cheer up or motivate yourself (whatever negative energy you're carrying can be left along the footpaths). As long as you have a good pair of shoes, a sense of adventure and a decent pub to visit at the end of it, walking off the beaten track is a sure way to escape the trials and tribulations of every day life, even if only for a couple of hours.
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!