Fields under Fleece

Agricultural Fleece in West Sussex

Agricultural Fleece on Fields in West Sussex

My son Nathan described the field as ‘a giants bed’ because viewed from a distance it looks like a huge stripey bed-sheet. I love the fact that children see things that grown-ups pass by!

Fleece is used in farming to protect crops from frost and cold temperatures. It stops young plants from getting ‘bitten’ by frost, and keeps soil temperatures up during the daytime when the sun shines.

Didling Church

Didling Church SussexThe Shepherd’s Church, Didling

St Andrew’s Church, Didling, West Sussex. Didling Church (also known as The Shepherd’s Church) sits alone on the side of The South Downs in West Sussex. Dating back to the 13th Century the church has changed very little in centuries.

Here are a few photos:

Didling Church Sussex


Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Didling Church Sussex

Easter Egg

Abandoned Pheasant egg

An abandoned Pheasant egg found on the lawn

The strangest thing happened at Easter with an unexpected egg. Mrs Pheasant wandered across our lawn at the back of the house and dropped an egg on the grass! The children were fascinated – they warmed the egg in front of the fire to see if it would hatch… It didn’t!

There’s a giant house spider lurking in our bathroom…

Walnut Orb Weaver Spider

Mystery spider…

This terrifying beast creeps around our house at night. She’s hairy and enormous. She lives behind the bath, terrorising our small children and eating cats. Yes, whole cats. She also ate her husband. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid…

I believe this spider is a female Walnut Orb Weaver. The oak leaf pattern on her back is common to Walnut Orb Weavers, but they come in lots of different shades and colourings so I’m guessing the species rather than speaking with knowledge. Like most people I’m not a huge fan of spiders!

Cuckoo flowers

Cuckoo flower South Downs

A flower named after the Cuckoo, and here’s why

The verges are frothing with Cuckoo Flower this week. It’s a great example of a plant that’s flowering earlier than it did in centuries gone by. It’s named after the Cuckoo but its feathered namesake won’t arrive in the UK for at least another three weeks – in times gone by the plant and the bird appeared at the same time.

By the way, Cuckoo Flower (or Lady’s Smock) is said to be sacred to the fairies! If you pick the flowers and take them home you’ll be in for bad luck! Oooh err!