Firstly I'd like to apologize for not checking in with all my regular readers and other visitors recently but other chores (a failed Immersion Heater over the weekend leaving us without any hot water) plus continuing to cope with family issues has meant that my reading list has expanded beyond all proportion but rest assured I will get around to everyone before too much longer.
Today Anita and I were honored to have a tour of a very special private garden deep in the heart of the Kent countryside. Cheryl works WITH nature; habitat and protection for all manner of birds, insects and mammals (but don't mention the Rabbits!) and the mix of cultivated and endemic wild flowers is a joy to behold and has given me lots of inspiration for my own small patch. With the 'grandchildren' permanently enjoying their special places; Frogs monitored our progress around the pond while one of the many late summer blooms sang out from the borders. Cheryl took us on a a very relaxing but detailed tour explaining her deep love for the heavenly space she has created. If you get a moment or two I recommend popping over to her blog 'Take time to smell the flowers'.
Even her resident Blue Tits made a personal appearance and were totally unfazed by our near presence while Swallows chatted to one another as they chased around overhead.
After leaving Cheryl we drove around the countryside and stopped overlooking the Stour Valley where a Little Egret made a brief appearance and a Kestrel passed by overhead. After a roadside snack and before we made our journey homeward I took a short stroll through the wheat fields and into the dapled shade of a tiny wood hunting for any wayside flutters but no takers today.
A very enjoyable and relaxing day... thank you for your generous hospitality Cheryl. FAB.