A trip to Devon

We went to Devon for a few days to see OH’s father and for OH to fly his drones from the lovely location of the farm pastures. I spent time reading in the fields and I also went for a walk to the village shop every day as well as walking around the fields and through the wood. The Devon landscape is totally different from Lincolnshire, which is as flat as a pancake, and going uphill certainly gave me aerobic exercise!

Farm and wood

To and from the village I had camera in hand, hoping to see and photograph and wildlife. I did see a mouse and a deer but both were far too quick for me! I decided to concentrate on the wildflowers on the 2.5 mile walk to the village and back. The most impact came from the wild foxgloves. I know they are wildflowers, of course, but I’d never seen them like this before. OH was amazed at my amazement! I hadn’t realised he’d actually grown up with this sort of view when he was young!

Digitalis purpurea Foxglove

I have this honeysuckle and had a big sniff of it every time I walked past!

Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle

Until I looked this up, I thought it could be an orchid but it’s not quite so glamorous from its name!

Linaria vulgaris Common Toadflax

The remaining flowers I photographed were just very pretty and mostly unusual for me. I know Bird’s-foot Trefoil but had never seen it.

Lotus corniculatus Bird’s-foot Trefoil

I have lots of hedge woundwort.

Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort and Lotus corniculatus Bird’s-foot Trefoil

The next 3 were completely unknown to me.

Umbilicus rupestris Navelwort or Wall Pennywort

Vicia cracca – Tufted Vetch

Vicia sativa Common VetchOH lost two drones and you can just see the most important one at the top of the tree.

Drone high in tree

And to give some scale, OH couldn’t get all of me in the photo but here I am in front of the tree, which we reckon is about 20 metres tall!

Me against tree

Of course, now we have to go back to Devon when OH works out a cunning plan to retrieve both drones!

8 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    Never mind walking Jane, it will be ‘mountaineering’ , well tree-climbing next time. Your lovely blog takes me back to my youth, tree climbing and discovering in the woods :-) :rose:

  2. mick1970 says:

    Son lost my drone got it back 3 months later no idea where the charger is.. Cunning plan idea chainsaws

  3. VegVamp says:

    Gorgeous photos Jane, aren’t the vetches lovely, I do love them, and your toadflax is a corker. Glad you had a good time apart from the loss of drones. Your honeysuckle cutting is doing beautifully here, I’ll take a pic when it is in flower. :good: :rose: :love:

  4. cilla says:

    Jane, what beautiful photos and flowers. Love the honeysuckle and …..hoverfly? I don’t know if I’ve seen the wall pennywort. My front garden is full of the tufted vetch…..or some sort of vetch, I had to pull loads out as it was strangling everything…..would you like some if I can find some roots? I like Mick’s solution to the drone recovery ;-) but you will definitely need to go back anyway, it all looks beautiful. I was too young to appreciate it all when we used to visit Okehampton.

  5. Yes, a hoverfly, Cilla :good: The wall pennywort only grows in the west apparently and the wild-food foragers eat the leaves – or so I’ve read. I don’t have enough sun for the tufted vetch unfortunately.

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