Ludlow Dog Day

Ludlow Dog Day 2017

Ludlow Dog Day is on the 23rd of July at Stokesay Court, organised by Ludlow Rotary Club. Classes and competitions start at 11am.

There is something for all the family. There is an activity area for the children. There is also access to the Gardens for Stokesay Court and guided tours of the house for which a fee is payable.

There are several show rings with lots going on throughout the day including, displays, demonstrations and competitions, and stalls at which to buy your dogs that must have item.

I am sure Dillie would do well in scruffiest Mutt and Hettie in Most Endearing Eyes.

Hettie and Dillie

Hettie and Dillie

The Onny Meadows

Hettie

Hettie

In a few of my blogs I have talked about the Onny Meadows here in Craven Arms. I often walk there as I have two border terriers called Hettie and Dillie.

The Onny Meadows is thirty five acres of meadows and woodland, half a mile from Folly View Let. At the entrance to the meadows is The Discovery Centre, where you are able to get food and drink.

The woodland was planted when the Discovery Centre was built in Two Thousand, there are alders, hazel, ash, oaks, and poplars among others. There is an area planted with willows and a willow arch, now behind a fence.

There are two orchards which have apples and pears. One of these orchards has hedges that are planted with medlars and damsons.

The river Onny runs through the site and there are several ponds. Some of them are the remnants of former mill ponds.

Onny River

Onny River

There is a hard path around a small part of the site but this is presently being extended. This will make access for wheel chairs, pushchairs and people who have problems on uneven surfaces a lot better.

Part of the hard path is a circular Cycle Path, great for children to learn cycling skills in a safe environment.

There is a children’s play area near the Discovery Centre and there are still some other play _ around the Meadows. The logs are to be climbed over which you can see from the Sun Dial, it is accurate.

There are wonderful wild flowers and beautiful grasses. Damselflies, dragon flies, may flies are beautiful to observe flying over the ponds in Spring and Summer.

There are birds to be observed including the Red Kites. I have seen otters and stoats on the meadows, squirrels can be seen in the trees and I can often smell that a fox has been around.

The Onny Meadows are the starting point of several circular walks and the Shropshire Way passes through.

Onny Meadows Signpost

Onny Meadows Signpost

It is lovely to walk round, not sure about the barbed wire.

Dull Days with Hints of Colour

Red Stems in Winter

Red Stems in Winter

 
There have been lots of dull days with the odd bright day to give us hope that Spring is on its way.

Walking on the Onny Meadows I was looking for fresh green shoots that hint at Spring but found myself looking at zings of colour that are there if you look more closely and stop thinking it all looks dull.

Bark Textures

Bark Textures

 
The clumps of grasses that have died of over winter have creams and yellows and although not hinting at Spring their colours add to contrasts and vibrancy when we do get some sunshine.

There are wonderful textures to find in the bark of different trees. Even on the same tree you find a multitude of different textures. The colours can also be stunning and some trees develop a green which comes from a lichen at this time of year.

 
 
The Hazel catkins have a fiery yellowy green, if you look very closely their tiny reddy brown flowers are putting in their appearance.

Hazel Catkins

Hazel Catkins

 

Alder Cones and Catkins

Alder Cones and Catkins

 
 

The Alders which you will find by the river, also have catkins. They are mauve in colour and contrast well with their nut brown cones.

I love brown, it is such a warm colour, the Burdock makes a stunning argument for it being a lovely colour. It is a colour I love to wear as it is so versatile as nature shows us.

 
 
 

The Witchhazel is beautiful, looks stunning on dull days with its creamy yellow flowers. I can see it from my living room window but it is much better to get outside and breath in its wonderful fragrance.

Witchhazel at Folly View Let

Witchhazel at Folly View Let

 
There are a few more pictures to look at below, most were taken on the Onny Meadows when I was walking Hettie (Border Terrier).

Lichen

Lichen

 

Teazles in the Onny Meadows

Teazles in the Onny Meadows

 

Watching the Birds

I love watching the birds at this time of year, I like watching the birds anytime of year but they are more visible with the leaves having fallen. This morning the Fieldfares came to feed in our Holly tree, they were flying back and forth between there and the pine tree. They are always interesting to watch.

I was watching a Blue Tit this morning going along a branch of the greengage tree finding bits to eat. When I went out with Hettie (border terrier) we disturbed a small flock of Long-tailed Tits and their hangers on.

The flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares have been around for a while, they do seem to be a lot bigger than the last few years. I do love seeing them flying  round particularly in the early evening when they are off to roost.

Fieldfare

Fieldfare by Teresa Reynolds

I have seen a Jay eating the apples from next doors fruit trees. There are lots of Blackbirds around throwing leaves around and the Wrens are busy in the undergrowth.

There are plenty more birds to see but these are some of my favourites at this time of year.

Folly View has a bird book and binoculars for our visitors use.

The photograph of the Fieldfare above is by Teresa Reynolds and is taken from Wikimedia Commons.