Saturday, 16 August 2014

Rags to Riches

On Thursday, while taking about the Common Ragwort, I mentioned the Weeds Act of 1959. Well, it was on this very day in 1959 that my mother was busy celebrating her 21st Birthday. Today marks her 76th, so "Happy Birthday Mum."
Staying with the theme of Ragwort this morning, we took our walk 'off piste' as much as possible, to avoid the weekend cyclists.  Our route took us around the lakes of Straw's Bridge before crossing the open grasslands which surround the Manor Floods.  It was here that the eye was caught by a vast expanse of Ragwort, mimicking the fields of Oilseed Rape which dominate the countryside earlier in the year.
Even with the clouds blocking out the sunshine, still the vibrant yellow of the Ragwort was feast for the eye.
A little earlier, around 'Swan Lake', it looked as if we might not manage to stay dry for the whole of our walk.
The sun did manage to peep through the clouds however and gave us a enough time to gather a few more Blackberries on the way home.
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