The blog has sort of been in abeyance for a bit, after I stubbed my toe and tore ligaments in my foot. This severely restricted my activities, although I am now on the mend.
I've been a supporter of Gwent Wildlife Trust for more than 20 years, and many of the staff are personal friends. I am still quite possibly the only person to have visited all of their reserves (staff included). This year is the 50th anniversary of the Trust, which was formed to buy the wetland that is now Magor
This almost a direct continuation of my Midsummer Night's Dreich post.
On Sunday I met up with well-known bushcrafting celebrity Elen Sentier so I could show her the orchids that I had seen the day before. A very pleasant time was spent first at Newgrove Meadows Gwent Wildlife Trust reserve, admiring common spotted orchids, twayblade, and green-winged orchids. I took a few more photos.
Ah yes, midsummer night. warm, sultry, dreamy, still, glorious.
Or not. 'Dreich' is a Scots dialect word meaning weather that is grey, damp and miserable. In this case you can add blustery to the list.
I had arranged to meet with a young friend of mine, Michael, and do an overnighter on my permission for the shortest night of the year. Michael is 16, a keen photographer, and wildlife enthusiast, and his fondest wish at the moment is to photograph a fox. There are foxes
One of the members on here- young Spud- found this place a year or so ago and since then, it's been quite the Leicestershire meeters favourite haunt. Not a path to a meet in the midlands occours that we can't bend to include a visit pre- or post journey
Anyway Karl heard about them opening a cafe down there which just makes perfect, better! So it was only right to go and support them for their opening, coinciding perfectly with dropping some stuff to loveliest bush bros and having
I think I've perfected the bacon buttie dutchie filler loaf recipe for 4.25l fleabay dutchies
Into a mixing bowl in this order-
500ml Bread flour
250ml Milk or water (with approx dessert spoon of coffee creamer in with the flour) if liked
250-275ml ish of starter
I use my canteen mug, has a handy measure on the inside