Buster in the long grass of the meadow. He didn't appreciate the cobwebs.
Yesterday was a bad day. I have my ups and downs and take antidepressants daily. This was a down - into the slough of despondency. I went to bed in the afternoon and woke up feeling a bit better and headed off up to the meadow to light a bonfire and burn the brambles accumulated over the past day or so. I was up there until it got dark and managed to burn most of the piles, plus I demolished a few more while I was at it. Gardening usually does it for me.
I couldn't sleep last night and was up early as the sun was just rising. I thought that the fire would probably be still going and was about to walk up the meadow when I realised my camera was a must. The cobwebs were beautiful and as I looked across the meadow they looked like cotton tail grass. I don't think I've ever seen them as clearly. Then, as I reached the 'crossroads' of paths, I saw what looked like snow on the gorse bushes. A sight to behold, they were covered with cobwebs. The sun was now up and shone on the cobwebs making them glisten in the warm light. It was just beautiful.
Buster and the cats accompanied me most of the time and I also took some pleasing photos of them. I almost went and woke Jim up but decided he probably wouldn't be best pleased if I had. A morning to treasure indeed.
This was the first cobweb I saw on a slow growing evergreen. On its other side were lots of rather 'messy' ones.
They look rather like net curtains in a deserted house
Still in the front garden, this splendid cobweb decorated the flat headed achillea
The sun shone through the trees on the arboretum.
You can see some cobwebs in the photo on the right of the picture
How pretty the scabeus look in the morning light
Probably my favourite. The long shadows of the morning sun fall across the arboretum
The white fluffy cotton grass, actually it's all cobwebs. Amazing.
A cobweb amongst the 'hard heads'
It really is worth clicking on the photos to see them at their full size
a cobweb amongst the sedge
I thought these looked like washing lines, maybe for my fairies
Just like tiny jewels
I mentioned the gorse. This, to me, is the most stunning of all
If you have the time, do click on the photos then they really come alive.
These shimmered in the sunlight
Like lights at the seaside down among the sedge and grasses
Who would have thought this little holly bush had so many cobwebs on it?
While this solitary loose strife stem is in a cocoon
One lone thistle flower, even that is decorated with tiny dewy beads
I took this view from the meadow 'crossroads' towards Tipperary. What a strange landscape it looked. This was when the clouds had started to gather
A beautiful thrush watched me from the telegraph wire
Sandy, BlackJack and Buster were playing on the way back to the house. When Buster gets too boisterous, the cats go up.
Hey, that's not fair. Come Down!!
Sandy about to leap from one tree to another. He's much more agile than BlackJack, who was stuck up one of our big trees for 2 days.
Just looking out at the world.
I hope you've enjoyed this morning's photos.
This evening it was 'Strictly Come Dancing', the results show, which Jim and I both enjoy. A lovely dinner of roast bacon, potatoes, broccoli and butter beans followed by fresh picked apples from the orchard, all cut up and ready to eat. Lovely.