a hirple on the common

Over at my Mum’s, with Sim and Phoebe. Morning visit to Freeland Nurseries to buy clematis to replace the one on the porch. After some discussion with Mum last night it was agreed to have the usual pink montana on the south side, and a balearica on the north side. Assorted of us doing various stripping off of old clematis, adding wires, digging planting oles, tidying up, but we made a decent job of it.

Late afternoon was my usual walk on the Common. Drifts of bluebells among the swathes of last year’s bracken – the result of changes to the way the land is managed. Sixty years ago when we moved to the village there were no bluebells here, though nearby woodlands are full of them.