Meadowlands. Swaying grasses dotted with ox-eye daisies and bright buttercups. Is there a better place to be on a summer’s afternoon when the air is thick with the promise of a coming storm; the skies overhead a threatening deep slate blue?
We’re lucky enough to have meadows just beyond the house, but a couple of weekends ago we ventured further afield to our local Coronation Meadow at Chimney near Bampton on just such a day. As the storm grew ever closer we decided to follow signs to a bird hide, hoping to reach it before the rain broke. From there we watched a heron, whose patient vigil remained constant even when the heavens eventually opened. We waited for the storm to pass.
On the way back the sun came out, glimmering through the droplets that clung on in the hedgerows; picking out yellow rattle amongst the grasses and gilding the royal purple of vetch and knapweed.
And if this week’s heatwave doesn’t hold and you find yourself in need of a pair of wellingtons, I can recommend these bee print beauties from Joules, the sale of which supports the British Beekeepers’ Association.