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Down a Devon Lane in Summer

Updated on March 27, 2015

Come on a walk

I'll show you some of the lovely things you can see in a Devon lane. Walk with me and see the wild flowers and maybe I'll add a poem or two. It's a beautiful day so let's start. Put your best foot forward.

The recreation field

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These books will give you a wider view of Devon England. While my lens is very local in these books you can explore the whole of Devon.

When the rain stops

Everything is fresh and green in Devon when the rain stops. Of course, it is the rain which makes it all so green, so we mustn't complain. Follow me as I go "round Byes" this is a walk past a farm called Byes and it takes you around the outskirts of our village.First I go past the recreation field and some houses, then slightly downhill towards the river. The recreation field is used for playing cricket, that most British of sports. Also it is used for the Church fete. Stalls are set up to sell cakes and bric a brac and anything else that will boost funds. The Church of England is saddled with the daunting task of maintaining buildings which are ancient monuments. But enough of these worries let's enjoy our walk down the Devon lane.

Thickly growing grass down the Devon Lane

Look at the lusciousness of this grass, proof of the rains we have had.

Red campions in the Devon Lane

Look for the bee

The bee on the campions

If you look carefully at this picture you will see a bee right in the middle. I was so pleased with this shot. I just held the camera near the bee and hoped for the best. You can see the stripe on his shoulders. Then he just flew away. It was about 6.30p.m. so I expect he was off home then. It is great to live in the country and enjoy the outdoors every day. I haven't managed to photograph any birds at close quarters yet. I can hear them singing now as I write this.

Oak leaves down the Devon Lane

Well well

Do these oak leaves think it is time to think about Autumn? My word we haven't had the longest day yet. Hopefully we are going to get some more summer now. It's been a bit on and off so far. We often get an Indian summer in September and October. I don't know where the term comes from.It's cloudy and grey tonight being now nearly 10 o'clock, but it is still light.

Dog rose

Hazel leaves down the Devon Lane

These are the leaves of the bush which produces hazel nuts. In the Autumn, where the bushes are mature enough, you will find hazel nuts with a hole ,on the ground, evidence of the insatiable appetite of the squirrel.

Something new around every corner in the Devon lane

It's a big trip of discovery when you go for a walk in the country. But you have to keep your eyes and ears open. Mind you, you also have to be aware of cars, unless you are in a very remote spot. Every now and then you have to get right close to the hedge as yet another car drives past, but the drivers usually wave in a friendly manner. It's surprising how few other walkers there are. You do meet the dog walkers, of course.

Yellow vetch

From the pea family the vetch also comes in purple. Some of its relatives are rare, such as the Black pea which grows in Scotland and the Fyfield pea in Essex.

Fields of Gold by the Devon lane

These are buttercups producing a golden carpet. What a glorious sight produced by a simple flower. As children we used to say,"Do you like butter?" and in the sunshine hold a buttercup under the chin of the child asked the question. As the bright yellow reflection lit up the chin, we would say,"Yes, you like butter." Buttercups have very shiny, reflective petals.

Nostalgia

My native soil

Beneath my feet,

I trudge the

Devon lane.

I breathe the air

I feel it on my face.

This land has nurtured me

Through all my days.

As a child I walked

So many miles

Among these buttercups.

We gleaned our rabbit food

From these hedges.

My brother and sister

Piled it high on my pram,

While I slept

And I awoke

To a green mountain

Before me.


After your walk - Soothing music for the countryside

Music to enjoy after a pleasant walk in the countryside. Beethoven loved the countryside. In his sixth symphony The Pastoral you can hear bird song and a thunderstorm and a thankful shepherd once the storm is over. Beethoven had just been through a traumatic time as he wrestled with how he would cope with his deafness. The last movement of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 always makes me think of horses running in a paddock. I suppose it is the rhythm that produces that effect. The Dvorak always reminds me of hearing the story "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" which was on the BBC radio as I was growing up.

Cow's Parsley

Blackberry Flower

The promise of fruit to come. In my childhood we always picked blackberries to make pies with apple. Delicious and free food in days when things were tight for my parents. My resourceful mother always made use of anything that would supplement the things for which she had to pay. We had "free" apples in our orchard to go with the blackberries. To this day I find it difficult to buy cooking apples from the supermarket, since being used to getting them free in my childhood.

The River

O babbling brook,

What did you say?

I heard you gurgling on your way.

It seemed my friend you spoke to me

Of how you meant to go to sea.

To wend your way through

Meadows green

And join the river

Where otters preen.

Joining in to make a flood

Chasing sheep upon the mud.

Then to be lost in the ocean great

Little brook this is your fate.


Dock - Good if you've been stung by a nettle

Cure for a sting

If you get stung by a nettle on your walk through the countryside, look for a dock leaf like those in the picture above. Pick it and spit on it and crush it a bit to release its sap. Then rub this over the affected area and you will find it soothes the sting. They usually grow near one another. Of course it's better to avoid being stung at all. Wearing Wellington boots can help but they are not very good for a long walk. Much better would be hiking boots and woollen socks.

When my son was six he had a birthday party with lots of little boys and girls. They were cramped in my little cottage, so I took them to the orchard where they could run around. One boy made such a fuss when he was stung by a nettle, but we soon made things better by using a dock.

Meadow Sweet

The making of the scene

How the farmer works with nature to give us the scenery

There's nothing so grand

As a walk in the country,

Whether alone or with friends.

The air is clear

And the view is sweet.

There are horses and cows and sheep

In the fields

And a feeling of harmony.

Man has been at work with nature

Harnessed together

Working with the weather

As you have to do.

No good fighting it

But get to know it as a friend.

And so the scene has been tailored by the farmer.

If he neglected his job it would be a very different picture

That would meet our eyes.

But as it is we enjoy what he has done in his partnership with nature.


The view over the hedge of the Devon lane

True riches

With all this wealth about one,

How could one e'er be sad?

With jocund flowers

From the hedges peeping

And summer skies above.

With freedom to walk the lane at will.

A king's ransom could not give you more.


Hemlock, deadly poisonous, easily mistaken for Cow's Parsley, of the same family

Look at those little white parasols all twirling around a centre. Such wonderful design by God the creator. O the wonder of creation. How wonderful that the plants spring into life each year with always the same colour and shape as former years. Each plant containing the secret code to keep them true to their first design.

A red Devon cow

Such strong healthy cattle, one a little annoyed at my being here in the gateway disturbing her ruminations. But charmingly looking my way. She is keeping the grass mown and providing food for insects, which in turn feed the birds. The birds are a great source of interest to us humans. We all need each other.

Another bee on a thistle

It seems I am fond of catching bees with my camera. This one likes the thistle. This one, the thistle, was growing beside the lane just going out of the village. It is so wonderful to live so near nature. I once lived in a city and was amazed how much parkland there was but I would rather live in a village.

There are signs that Autumn is most definitely on its way - The berries of the cuckoo pint, or Lords and Ladies

Hopefully there are many more light and pleasant days to come before winter draws in.

Not quite so ripe. - This one is down further in the undergrowth of the hedge

Look at that autumnal colour - A dock plant covered in seeds, the promise of another year.

We regret the passing of summer, especially when we have had a lot of rain and not too many really light nights. However Autumn can be a glorious time with lots of sunshine but not too much heat. It is a time in Britain when our youngsters start a new year in their schooling and we see them moving forward and developing in their lives.

The hedge rows too are full of promise for the future as the seeds form in the seed pods. Later when everything has dried out the pepperpot seed capsules will blow in the wind and shake out their seeds to start life again next Spring.

Evening sun on the river

What a glorious sight , the waning evening sun glancing on the river, which is shaded by young trees. A place to stop and reflect on yet another passing year.Nothing stays the same, even rivers change their course here and there in the flood plain. when a river floods it is not all bad as precious nutrients are spilled out on the land to make it more fertile. Just as trials in life make us more spiritually fertile.

Pepperpot seed capsules of the campion

Look at this close-up of campions to see where the pods form

A home for someone

Devon hedges bordering the Devon lane

The Devon lane is mostly bounded by hedges. These can be very tall. They are mounds of earth where many grasses and wild flowers grow. They usually have trees growing from them. These banks are the home of lots of wildlife, whether little rodents, insects and in the trees and bushes birds. The tree above has a hole which can be a home for an owl or maybe a squirrel. These hedges have been thrown up and planted to keep the cattle and sheep in so are dependent on the farming which has gone on over the centuries.

Sometimes the hedges grow up tall and the farmer will lay the ditch so that it will be thicker but not so tall. This is done particularly with young hazel saplings. They are partially cut down but with part of the trunk still attached to the root. The small trunk is laid along the hedge. This is done in the aautumn and then it the spring it sprouts again and grows upwards.

The saplings are still attached to the root stock

A laid hazel hedge bursting back into life

All seasons

Which is your favourite season in the Devon lane?

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Why farming is so important for our wildlife.

Our wildlife rely on our farming of cows and sheep. The manure from these animals is essential to keep a good population of insect life, which in turn is essential for the birdlife. If farming declined in Britain our whoe countryside would change. The beauty of hill and pasture and tree which we now have would disappear. Maybe it would still be beautiful, but in a very different way. There would also be the danger of buildings taking over as new housing is always needed here. We need to encourage our farmers to keep going and keep Britain the beautiful place it still is.

Our wildlife has declined and the butterfly below is not seen so often anymore.

Speckled wood (female)

Trees, hills and pastures

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Thank you for the invitation to join you on your stroll - enjoyed it!

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      KevCooper 5 years ago

      Lovely, must get down to Devon again.

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      BrainInfoNews 5 years ago

      Simply beautiful; luvly to take time out to bathe in that warm Devon glow

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      Sniff It Out 5 years ago

      Devon is a beautiful part of the country... loved the photos. Blessed!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I love Devon.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I would love to visit your lovely Devon. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      enjoyed my walk on devon lane. special thanks for your beautiful photo collection. ~blessed~

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      wcjohnston 5 years ago

      Great lens, nice photos.

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is really a summer lens. It is very nice!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Very pretty! A relaxing walk, for sure. And congratulations on being featured on the Squidoo home page!

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      Spring is definitely in the air. The babbling brook pic made me want to soak my feet.

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      what a soothing lens! Very nice idea including poems between sections. I like that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great lens. I am just over the border so very similar. One of the things I love is when the fairy seeds are out even now can't resist them! Spring is the best all purple and pink. People drive by and go how how beautiful if they notice at all but they miss the detail in the hedges that you have shown.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Loved the pictures!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Lovely! I enjoyed reading and looking at your photos. Thanks for posting!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You must be referring to sustainable farming when you mention that wildlife depend upon farming. Thank you for publishing these beautiful photos.

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      thanks for the nice share great photos

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens-Congrats to you

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens-Congrats to you

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Beautiful, what else can I say! Loved your lens!

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      stargoldteam12 5 years ago

      love it nice pic. and lens too.

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      editionh 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us...

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How often do we miss out on some of these walks. They do renew the spirit.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      This lens is lovely. Thank you for sharing your photos and poems. It's nice to see other parts of the world.

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      So beautiful! What a great lens. I really felt like I was there. It looks a lot like where I live (in Oregon) and walk my dog.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      In today's hectic world, it is truly refreshing to take a quiet walk and appreciate your surroundings. Thank you for this simple pleasure. This an exceptional lens and I am proud to be able to bless it and pin it to my SquidAngel board.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How delightful to find this wonder for the soul on the front page, congratulations, a joy to return to!

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, pics and topic! I have yet to explore the British landscape but it is on my travel to-do list! I once had an idea about emigrating there after seeing so many TV series from UK with awesome landscape. Who knows, maybe one day :)

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      What a beautiful lens -- exceptional in every way.

      I have dear friends in Cornwall and they would love this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My soul need this today...thank you for your guided walk down a Devon lane....I enjoyed the sound of the bees, the freshness of the air...even that special cow smell along the way...and of course uplifting poetry, the beauty everywhere...and your sweet companionship...I feel blessed and am leaving a blessing in return....thank you!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Oh Liz, seeing this beautiful lens on a grey day in London made me yearn for the West Country where my folks live (by the Quantocks). You have captured the magic perfectly! Thanks so much for blessing my snowdrop lens...I was at Hestercombe last week (Somerset) and the snowdrops were stunning.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Absolutely enchanting.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What a lovely walk down a Devon lane! Happy April Fools Day

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Wonderful lens. I still have to create some from our walks around Cornwall on honeymoon last April, it's a lovely part of the world. We were Sidmouth and Lyme Regis last weekend, and I grew up in Poole in Dorset. Lensrolled to my Walks Around Deer Creek lens from when I lived in Florida, and also Blessed by an angel.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Lovely lens. I'd have liked to see a photo of just how high the banks are in a Devon lane.

      Blessed and added to The Best of the UK

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Thank you for my trip down a Devon Lane a relief from a gloomy November day.

      Angel blessing

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a beautiful lens. Devon looks like a little piece of heaven. Perhaps someday I will visit the area and see for myself.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Hello Liz,

      I totally enjoyed my walk with you and loved the beautiful photographs

      included in this lens.

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      What a lovely walk through Devon!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @kimmanleyort: thanks so much for your lovely comment Kim.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I have always loved this lens because it feels like I am right on the walk with you. The combination of photos, your reflections and poetry are what make it exceptional.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: There's nothing better than being able to inspire someone else. I look forward to seeing your lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      You've inspired me. I might make a lens about a walk in the New Hampshire woods. Yours was delightful. Afraid I won't have any poems on mine.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      This makes me yearn for some time in the country. Thoroughly enjoyed the "walk."

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Now I can almost say I have been to Devon. Wondrous.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I thoroughly enjoyed our little walk. I had to laugh that you have been able to capture Mr. Bee in your photos. You can ask our mutual little green pear friend and she will attest to my continued trial and error in taking photos of bees. It has been a crazy dance.

      You have shared some truly beautiful photos and poems. You have just made my day a little better.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      We are worlds apart yet your walk looked much like mine does here in Woodland, USA. Amazing really! Thanks for your share...very pleasant!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Well, Nickie did find a gem here. A lovely mixture of the present combined with memories from the past. Your photos and prose really give a sense of Devon and your poetry shows the reverence you have for it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @OhMe: Now, I see that it was Word Custard's fantastic review that I had read. I had followed MiMi's remark about it so got a little confused.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your photos and descriptions are beautiful and your poems were an added treat. I read Mimi's review and just had to come straight here to see for myself. Wonderful. Lensrolled to Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Also lensrolling to my Queen Anne's Lace which is very much like your Cow Parsley or the same.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice...I enjoyed my walk down Devon lane...wish I could be there in person :)

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @indigoj: Thanks Word Custard. I will do that.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Reviewed on Squidoo Lens Reviews -- Monday 12 July. Stop by and claim a review badge if you like. :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      What a hidden gem! So glad I found it while I still have the angel wings. A lovely idea and beautifully presented, and I loved your poem too. ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~ and will come back when I have a little more time to fully absorb this one.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is such a rich and beautiful lens! I love learning the names of some of your native plants. Here in California we've got dock, but in my section of the state, no nettles. I had them when I lived south of here in the Central Valley. Your poetry is perfect... really puts me in the mood to enjoy your scenery and flora. Thanks for the lovely experience! I'm blessing this lens.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Lovely pictures of what you can see in a rural Devon lane. I used to walk and ride on horseback around lanes like this in my early to mid teens.

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      [in reply to aj2008] Thanks for looking by. Ragged Robin is the same family but, well more ragged

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice pics - isn't red campion also called Ragged Robin?