|white-lined sphinx moth - Hylas lineata - a handful in our yard today|
The quote above begins a passage about a nature walk. Here is a little more:
Miss Jackson and I decided to take the whole school out for a nature walk, to enjoy it all. We made for the little lane that turns off by the Beetle and Wedge and rises steadily until it peters out high up on the windy Downs.
The children dallied in the lane, scrambling up the high banks to collect the hazel nuts which flourish there.
"Gi'e us a bunk up!" rang the cry, and one would obligingly put his shoulder down and hoist his friend higher in the hedge. We meandered along eating nuts and blackberries and even sloes and damsons which grow thickly, powdered with a blue bloom, among their spikes.
We found a patch of dry grass half-way up the slope, sheltered by a clump of stunted thorn bushes, and here we sat to rest. The view of Fairacre below us was clear in the limpid October air. There is a unique atmosphere about a fine October day. The sky is a burning blue, which combined with the golden and auburn glow of the trees creates a sparkle and glory unseen ay other more-vaunted periods of the year.
|At first glance, they look like hummingbirds!|
From joy to joy,
|puzzle action going on - these are favorites|