30 Days Wild Days 7 ~ 12. πŸ“

This June is definitely not very similar to last year’s hot and dry ( almost flaming!) one. We’ve had rain here in the North West on most days this month. It does make enjoying wild moments that bit more challenging !

At the weekend we took Hugo for a walk round Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve in Clitheroe. As its name suggests, Salthill is a former quarry, now reclaimed by nature. As well as being geologically fascinating ( fossilised crinoids or Sea Lillie’s can be found here), the reserve is a haven for wildflowers and butterflies. The rain kept the insects away but lots of flowering plants to see including vibrant blue milkwort, ground spreading wild thyme and clusters of yellow rattle. I even got to sample a wild strawberry ( there are lots right now) , a tiny burst of flavour on my tongue. πŸ“

On Sunday we travelled to Cumbria to visit family. On the way I couldn’t fail to notice all the many Ox -Eye Daisies blooming on the roadsides. I actually know them as Dog Daisies. They have many other names too including Moon Daisy, Midsummer Daisy, Bull Daisy and Marguerite. Daisy originates from ‘ Days Eye’ as their flowers open up to the sun. Apparently ‘That’s a Daisy’ was used as a phrase describing something good in the 1800s. Over the years that changed to ‘ That’s a Doozy’ .🌼

Monday was a rare sunny day and Hugo and I had an enjoyable walk. The rain has made everything so green! After spotting some open dandelions in the morning, I returned later to collect them ( after finding a recipe for Lemon & Dandelion biscuits on Pinterest) , only to find they had all turned into fluffy seed clocks by mid afternoon. Perhaps a blessing in disguise! πŸ‹

I treated myself to some Nature inspired reading this week. I remember my Gran having this book when I was growing up. ‘ The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ is just that, a beautifully illustrated chronicle of the flora and fauna that Edith Holden spotted when out and about ( often on her bicycle) in Warwickshire in 1906. An entry for June reads ~ Cycled through Widney : The Yellow Irises are out in the marsh there now, and at the edge of the stream I found the large blue Water For-get-me-not. While I was stooping to gather some, a beautiful Demoiselle Dragonfly came skimming across the water and lighted on a bunch of roses, the next moment it was away again. This book is really lovely to dip in and out of, I will be doing that alot I think. πŸ™‚

Meanwhile in the back yard, my washing up views take in a succession of birds feeding their young. Sorry for the bad photo ( taken with my phone camera) of some coal tits and blue tits. They are loving the fat balls. So too is the jackdaw, who now brings a friend and knocks alot of crumbs to the ground. Luckily I have a fledgling blackbird visitor, who is enjoying the spoils.

Are you having a wild week?

33 thoughts on “30 Days Wild Days 7 ~ 12. πŸ“”

  1. What a lovely week! I’ve been noticing all the oxeye daisies everywhere this week too. I’m rather enjoying the rain too… we’ve not had a lot of it for a while!

  2. I’m reminded that I’ve not been in our local woods for some time. That should be remedied though in three weeks-we are picking up a Welsh Springer puppyπŸ˜ƒ

      1. As he’s a Welsh Springer we wanted a Welsh name. I came up with Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey πŸ˜‚ We are calling him Bryn.

  3. this is the first year I have not joined in with 30dayswild – jury is still out whether that was a good decision or not ! But this rain!!! gah – like you say, sooo different to last year. humph – fed up,think I am beginning to rust πŸ˜€

  4. Lovely Shazza. Thanks for filling us in on the meaning of ‘daisy’ & how we got to say “that’s a doozy”, which I do use occasionally too. I too love watching the birds as they can make you smile with their antics. Ours throw seed out of the feeder some days at an alarming rate, but there are always plenty of sparrows on the ground pecking it all up. We’ve tried to count the sparrows & have got up to at least 30 or more, but I must do a blogpost as I took photos yesterday of one of our rarer visitors who seems to now have a mate & has been hanging around a lot. Look forward to your next instalment. Thanks & take care.

    1. Look forward to hearing about your rarer visitor.
      I definitely need to refill the fat balls again. Had three jackdaws demolishing it yesterday. X

  5. What beautiful photos, weather has been a bit up and down of late making it a wild June, I’m loving getting out in the sunshine this year, making the most of it. I have a few copies of Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, great book. I think next year it is a Special anniversary for the Lady and there should be some “events” on.
    Amanda xx

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