Summer Rambles in the Countryside

Shady cart track

Notes from a Lancashire Countryman.

My ramble commenced by walking up a shady cart track {above} which would lead me to a large expanse of rich arable land which was to be my destination. This shady cart track  flanked by high banks that are tenanted with a hedgerows that were basking in their lush summer growth. An old hawthorn gnarled and twisted by the unremitting winter winds that howl around this locality,has now given up its flowers and the fruits that contain the seeds are developing well.

Flowers of mid summer now adorn the hedges, and during the evening none is more fragrant than the honeysuckle that fills the  Lancashire air with a sweet scent, that attracts the nocturnal flying, long tongued moths, that they rely on for pollination. The scent being so strong as to reach the nostrils of humans, allowing this pleasurable experience that many plants reserve for those of insect land. Rose bay willow herb that controversial species that spreads across the landscape like a pink fire, is just coming into flower. Closer observation of the flower will reveal that two of the petals are larger than the other two and that the deep purple sepals are conspicuous in between them, enhancing their beauty.

The flowers that appear in spikes that terminate the stem are both beautiful and impressive when they occur in large numbers. In some Mediterranean  countries they are known by the more apt name of Mountain Joy. The foliage of this plant is utilised as a tea which is said to have a calming affect. I often nibble on these leaves while out and about in the countryside especially if the weather is hot I find them refreshing.

Gallery of sightings

The scent of the honeysuckle is delightful on a summer evening.Photograph by D.A.L.
The scent of the honeysuckle is delightful on a summer evening.Photograph by D.A.L.
The foliage of the rosebay willow herb is utilised as a calming tea. Photograph by D.A.L.
The foliage of the rosebay willow herb is utilised as a calming tea. Photograph by D.A.L.
The beautiful flowers of the rose bay willow herb. Photograph by D.A.L.
The beautiful flowers of the rose bay willow herb. Photograph by D.A.L.
An alternative way to enjoy this pleasurable locality. Photograph by D.A.L.
An alternative way to enjoy this pleasurable locality. Photograph by D.A.L.
The yellow flowers of the meadow vetchling. Photograph by D.A.L.
The yellow flowers of the meadow vetchling. Photograph by D.A.L.
The blue flowers of the tufted vetch are conspicuou. Photograph by D.A.L.
The blue flowers of the tufted vetch are conspicuou. Photograph by D.A.L.
Yellow loosestrife  is impressive where established. Photograph by D.A.L.
Yellow loosestrife is impressive where established. Photograph by D.A.L.

I Noted too,--

I noted too, that the anfractuous stems of the hedge bind weed were winding their way up the the stems of taller herbage in their ceaseless search for light, the large white trumpet flowers they produce will appear during July and August. I also came upon the yellow pea like flowers of the meadow vetchling among the vegetation there grass like leaves blending in so well. Tufted vetch sprawled among taller subjects sporting a plethora of blue flowers.

The path way left the shady track in its wake and met with an open panoramic view of this farmland locality. here in the field margin I happened upon the yellow loosestrife , its yellow star-like flowers looked impressive in this large stand. Sharp taloned brambles close by arched and uninviting, stood like a sentinel guarding the ditch where the spring violets raised up their flowers from their winter slumber.

As I continued on this pleasurable ramble other summer favourites were located in the margin grassland. The cinquefoil's yellow buttercup like flowers peeped out of their haven to greet the sun. Cinquefoil means five leaves {leaflets}. The bracken stood shoulder high along the ditch where I encountered a well worn pathway, the bracken beaten back by a badgers nightly rambles. It did not take me long to locate his sett the front door being conspicuous and wide open. I found more evidence of Brock's activity in the form of old discarded bracken fronds which had been utilised for his bedding. Just like his human counterparts he changes his bedding regularly to keep his sanctuary clean.

At this time of the year those that afflicted by hay fever suffer greatly as the grass pollen is prevalent in the air. It is my good fortune that I have never suffered this debilitating affliction, or my pleasure of being in England,s green and pleasant land would be greatly diminished. I often wonder is this because I spend so much time in the countryside, as opposed to cities and towns , that I have been spared.

Several kinds of corn come into "ear" at this time of the year along with the grasses. I think that it is accurate to state that the cultivated corn is but a larger relative of the lowly grasses. It is typical of all grasses and their cultivated relatives to have long slender foliage, jointed stalks and flowering heads in the form of close spikes, such as wheat or in loose panicles {clusters} such as oats. The flower head is composed of husks that each contain a single seed.

The cultivated sorts whose husks are deemed worthy of separation are collectively known as corn. this forms the main stay of the diet of many countries. Animals also rely on their lowly relatives for food, sheep and domestic cattle are good examples and many members of the wild animal fraternity rely on it for food, typical of these is the rabbit and the water vole, while the field vole makes is living among the taller varieties.

All these subjects we have encountered gave me great pleasure and peace of mind. the cost of this day out? -a packed lunch and a flask of tea and not a cent more!

Grasses

Grass flowers release much pollen at this time of the year. Photograph byD.A.L.
Grass flowers release much pollen at this time of the year. Photograph byD.A.L.
The tightly packed heads of wheat. photograph by D.A.L.
The tightly packed heads of wheat. photograph by D.A.L.
The flower head of oat grass is formed by loose clusters.Photograph by D.A.L.
The flower head of oat grass is formed by loose clusters.Photograph by D.A.L.
Spending a day in this fertile landscape does not cost a dime.Photograph by D.A.L.
Spending a day in this fertile landscape does not cost a dime.Photograph by D.A.L.

Thank You.

I would like to conclude this particular hub by conveying to the reader that this is my one hundredth hub here on hub pages. I would like to thank any one who has a read even a single one of them, for doing so. I would like to thank in particular all my followers, especially those that have been so loyal to me over this period " you know who you are"  It has been a pleasure making your acquaintances Thank you, my friends.

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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

sofs so glad you made the visit, thank you for your kind and appreciated comments. Best wishes to you.


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sofs 5 years ago

Wow! it has been sometime since I visited your hubs and I found this through Timorous' link. This is so beautiful!! I just love the photographs!!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Nell nice to hear from you your welcome on my rambles any time. Thank you for your kind words.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, D.A.L, these are beautiful photos, and I felt that I had walked there with you, I had forgotten how soothing your hubs were. thanks for the reminder. cheers nell


Website Examiner 6 years ago

D.A.L., thanks for that. I have added a short poem concerning you to the hub, and your RSS feed is also available. Best wishes, W.E.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Website Examiner, I would consider it very pleasing to have you include this hub should you think it worthy. Thank you for your appreciated comments.


Website Examiner 6 years ago

Hello D.A.L., I came here to check things out and stumbled upon this particular hub; not because it is your 100th hub (I did not know this) but because of its catchy title and description. Your choice of theme, graphical presentation, and writing style are all admirable. I am in the process of completing a tribute to 100 hubbers right now, and would be happy to include you if you wish. Best wishes.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

MoneyGlitch, small world, the natural world is beautiful wherever the trail may be. Thank you for your kind and appreciated comments.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Wow, the top picture is identical to a trail, I've often followed in Tennessee. Thanks for sharing the beauty of the countryside. And congrats on the 100th hub, woo hoo! Rated up! :)


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

B. thank you so much, my friend.


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Joy56 6 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS. on 100 wonderful hubs.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Darski you never fail to amaze me with your comments. Thank you so much and for being the dear friend your are.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Congratulation my dear dear friend, what a delightful hub, I went on this ramble with you, and I want to say, you are the best writer, perfect English, flow, and vocabulary I have ever seen. You are a rising star and with this hub you have reached the top. I adore you, your writing and value our friendship. Thumbs up and all the above


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

timorous,Thank you for your appreciated comments. Pollen allergies spoil the season for many people unfortunately.

Joni Douglas, thank you too, for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the ramble.

suziecat7 your welcome glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for your visit


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Love the photos. Thanks for sharing.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

Love to ramble through the woods and meadows. Thank you so much for taking us along.

And kudos to you for your 100th hub!.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Mmmm...I can just smell the clean, fresh, country air. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to some pollens, so it might not be the fun outing I'd like. Beautiful photos, once again D.A.L.

Congrats on the big 100 as well.

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