The weather forecast for today – so I heard – is sunny and unusually warm for October so thought I would wander into the garden and take photographs of any remaining flowers.
The Sunflower was late to bloom (a seed dropped by a passing bird we think) and so requires propping up with sticks. Hopefully it will once again become bird food, natural recycling.
We live at the edge of a village and until recently looked out over fields towards a non-intrusive dual carriageway. Like many in Britain we now live next to an enormous building site and watch whilst the 4 fields become a housing estate. Whilst I understand the need for increased housing I wonder when we will decide to build upwards rather than outwards. I know that builders prefer to build on unused land – so much easier – rather than ‘brown sites’ but, really, would it not be environmentally friendlier to use land already devoid of its natural inhabitants rather than evicting the grasses and animals that inhabit the green sites.
Alongside these fields there is a narrow long piece of land that is fortunately a public right of way and has a small beck running through it – so has been saved from the digger. Until the building started the fields were used for dog-walking and children playing so there was regular foot traffic passing us – the entrance to the main fields being via the narrow right of way. I have noticed that fewer people walk past as dogs are now exercised elsewhere.
Thought I would take a walk along the beck path expecting to see the trees in their autumnal splendour – we must have had a wet spring as the majority are only now losing the green foliage and turning brown and gold – very little red to be seen.
What I did notice was how quickly the saplings, that appear every year, have grown. The path is now crowded and it is difficult to follow the usual route. So, all changes are not negative. I am guessing that the reduced number of people using the path has reduced the number of plants and trees being ‘crushed underfoot’.
Looking through a clump of trees the roof of a completed house is just visible – hopefully the new owners do not complain of lack of light and insist on the removal of the hedge and trees.
Looking at my photographs I also notice the steel fence erected along a field to prevent entry – understand the safety concerns etc although I also hear that this particular field will not be built on for approx. 2 years so why not leave it open to the public a little longer.
Whilst on my little stroll I noticed a pheasant, again a positive, and waited quietly hoping to take his photo although both of us were startled by a sudden noise overhead. From the sound I am guessing they are migrating ducks – so I achieved a bird photo, just not the one I was expecting.
Looking back towards the field – I wonder what it will look like this time next year.
Hopefully it will still be recognisable.