Blue skies ahead?

From early this morning there has been blue sky and it is beginning to warm up – at last! When it is cooler it is as though the lane is sleeping. Everything is green but it as though it is waiting for the warmth. Plants like the meadowsweet, which are flowering on the top road above the lane are only still in udon the lane.

The sloes are developing on the blackthorn – green at the moment. It will be some time before they change colour.

Figwort is now flowering. It can be easily missed in the hedgerow but it has historically been used in herbal medicine. Its flowers are really amazing to look at because of their complexity.

The sheep grazing in the field seem to be enjoying the open and wooded area that borders the lane nearer the top.

Drink!

Today on the lane it was collection time, gathering elderflower blossom to make elderflower champagne. Now the flowers have been separated from their stalks and along with the lemons, sugar and yeast placed in the fermenting bucket.

There is still time to gather more elderflowers and hopefully they will be transformed into elderflower liqueur and gin.

The dog roses and briar roses are flowering further along the lane now and the honeysuckle – at the bottom of the lane – has been open and fully flowering for a couple of days whereas the honeysuckle at the top of the lane is just beginning to open properly. Its amazing how much difference there can be within the lane.