And if the hawthorn crop of berries has failed up here, what happened- or did not happen?
There are floral motifs of the season. Deep purple betony amongst the bracken, thyme, lady's bedstraw and yarrow. No idea where the name yarrow comes from. Yarrow, milfoil, Achillea millefolium for its feathery leaves. I like its compact flower-heads in shades of pink and white and patterns as its buds form and burst into flower. Today, a moment of perfect symmetry.
Few butterflies on the wing today. Small heath and a rather washed-out and faded meadow brown. Swifts were swooping so low it was thrilling.