Monday, 8 May 2017

Where the wildflowers grow


 We are making the most of the spring flowering and seeking out places to see the wildflowers at their best before they start to fade.....


We are spoilt for choice there are so many woodland floors close by that are currently covered in a sea of blue. This location Coney's Castle was an Iron Age Fort, but now the only dominant army is one of nature.



It must have be an ideal spot to observe approaching enemies, now we can just stand and admire the views in all directions.



Although these logs did make us stop in our tracks - from a distance they looked like a huge animal.



The fresh colours of the leaves are just so beautiful!




There are quite a number of orchards in the rolling West Dorset countryside. The trees are currently smothered in blossom. The local fruit farm provides wonderful local grown apples from September right through to February.



At the base of the hedgerows are the white flowers of Greater Stitchwort and the Buttercup. There are many varieties of stitchwort for such a small flower, it has so many old names including "Wedding cake" and "Daddy's shirt buttons", you can easily see why these names occurred!



I love the  Queen Anne's lace (Cow Parsley) that in May fills the edge of the country lanes with its froth of tiny white blooms. Last evening we went to a garden party at a friends and the evening light just shone through the flowers. Have you be wandering in the countryside finding hidden beauty too?

I have just realised I haven't posted any sea pictures for quite sometime, I will have to make amends next time. Until then, take care.
Sarah x

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  1. Such glorious countryside, Sarah. Love that walk! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I am filled with envy! Love your photos and wish I was walking those paths!

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  3. Oh Sarah, what BEAUTY! Tavi looks happy to be out and about exploring!

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  4. Another reason you live in the most beautiful spot in the world. I especially loved seeing Tavi with his leg up, spotting like a retriever. I looked closely at first at that stump, wondering what kind of large bird it was till I read the rest of the story.

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  5. Seas of green and blue and a glimpse of Tavi, too, are lovely as are your ocean views! I may have already told you that I am keen on the BBC Escape to the Country which I discovered on Netflix last week, but I can't help but mention it even if it is again, because it shows off your beautiful UK delightfully to me as do your interesting posts. Thanks again, Sarah. xx

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    1. We enjoy Escape to the Country too although it doesn't have such success in finding suitable new homes as other TV programmes. It always give some interesting facts about the areas and some amazing views of the British countryside. Sarah x

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    2. My Ungardener enjoys Escaping to the Country.
      I prefer to read blogs.

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  6. Dear Sarah,

    You live in such a beautiful part of the world and loved seeing all your wonderful photos. Tavi amongst the bluebells, is so lovely.
    You must be enjoying all that beauty around you and your walks extra special.
    Have a great week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  7. Glorious! Such views! Tavi looks so grown up these days. Hope all's well with you all x

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  8. Love your bluebells photos enhanced by such a charming and cute little Tavi.

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  9. What beautiful photos, it's absolutely glorious out there at the moment isn't it. The bluebells are amazing in your part of the world, especially in the first couple of pictures and the path through the woods, you have outdone yourself! Absolutely love the orchard as well, I can never resist an orchard. Let's hope it's a good year for fruit. Great that your local fruit farm does so well. CJ xx

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  10. I was impressed with the amazing beauty of nature that you successfully took in photo.

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  11. Gorgeous photos, Sarah. I love the one of Tavi in the bluebells. And thank you for identifying Greater Stitchwort – there's lots round here and I've been wondering what it was!

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  12. How gorgeous: up, down, and around! Everywhere. And love Tavi with his leg raised!!

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  13. Ooh, wow, fab photos, Sarah! I love seeing the expanse of green fields spreading out in front of you - a rare treat for my urban eyes - and the light in the last photo of cow parsley and ferns is really good. No wonder you stopped for a photo. Love the orchard as well; I wonder how many apples get scrumped in the autumn!! xx

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  14. This looks like a delightful place to walk!

    I enjoyed a bluebell wood at the weekend too :)

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  15. Simply fabulous! Tavi looks most happy too.

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  16. What a beautiful part of the world you live in.. Glorious countryside & the sea nearby .. I always look out for Dorset in British documentaries. We also watch escape to the country ..a nice way to see different counties. I absolutely love Tavi in the midst of the bluebells ... To think we grow them in pots here. Enjoy your lovely Spring days.

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  17. Beautiful place Sarah! When I first looked at the log I thought it was an animal. I do not see bluebells around here and that's a sad thing. Your Tavi is so cute!! Love all the colors and light you captured in these gorgeous photos!

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  18. Sarah - such a lovely place to venture. Tavi is so adorable! As always, your photos are beautiful, and your words made me feel like I was watching a special movie tribute. Thanks for sharing. xo, kim

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  19. So beautiful! I just love the bluebells :)

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  20. The first and second photos with the bluebells (and Tavi, of course) are just exquisite. It's interesting that you call cow parsley "Queen Anne's Lace" over there. Over here, we call the wild carrot (daucus carota) "Queen Anne's Lace" and cow parsley is just "cow parsley."

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  21. It's a wonderful time of year and your photos capture the season well, Sarah. Is that the Bride Valley looking to the sea? I was down at Stonebarrow on Monday and the hay meadows are looking very good with some lovely flowers.

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    1. Hi Philip, No that is the Char Valley looking down towards Charmouth. We haven't been to Stonebarrow for ages, thanks for letting me know about the Hay meadows looking so good we will have to venture that way. Sarah x

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  22. I love this time of year and the treat of seeing woodlands full of bluebells. We had Cow Parsley at my daughters wedding last year - such a majestic flower.

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  23. Hellooooo! I have found your blog via 'Country Ways and Cottage Days'. I used to live in the Marshwood Vale and now live just east of Dorchester. I'm delighted to find your blog. Sandra
    Here's mine: www.daffodilwild.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi Sandra, I'm so glad you found my blog it's always good to link up with fellow Dorset bloggers. We have both swapped locations we used to live on on the outskirts of Weymouth! Sarah x

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    2. How funny! Maybe we could meet up one day - I'm often over that way.

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  24. I take a deep breath...taking a look at your pictures again and I just love your countryside! It´s just amazing...
    Have a sunny day!
    Love from Titti

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  25. You live in the most picturesque spot!

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  26. Wonderful photos Sarah (as always). Have you come across pink purslane in your woods - Claytonia sibirica. It has many common names and I plan to grow some from seed. It grows well in shady places and I saw lots of it on Colonsay. I'm planning to use more wild flowers in the garden.

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    1. I don't instantly recognise it although it looks as if it can be found in Dorset. Have you tried eating it? Sarah x

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  27. Oh Sarah, the countryside is so beautiful at the moment, breathtaking. I've also been enjoying seeing the wild flowers, the bluebells and nature. It just needs to warm up a little. Enjoy the rest of the week. Sharon x

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  28. I love he rolling countryside near you. So many hilltop forts. The flowers and colours are stunning in your photos. Tavi looks happy too. B x

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