There are mists and rains and all sorts of exciting things which take crispness out of the view.
And it's good. Without days like these, I'd feel guilty, as if I spent the whole of my life on holiday.
Here's a gorse bush. A jolly little thing springing from the gloom on a you-have-to-peer-if- you are to-see-anything-distinctly kind of day.
And here is the internationally famous (well, it is now, isn't it?) Elder Whirl. Rain has turned its usually yellow lichen to green.
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If you break the needle when playing a 78 rpm record - you can use a Blackthorn spike.
(They wouldn't have liked me to go into the world unprepared.)
Other Useful Information:-
. The lower branches of Holly Trees have prickles but the ones too high to be eaten by mammals don't.
(I wish it were the other way round.)
Blackthorn usually flowers before Hawthorn.
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I've never tried a Blackthorn Thorn on a 78 rpm record.
I don't eat Holly Leaves.
Information About Branches:-
There are buds of some kind swelling on the Hawthorn (May) but nothing is swelling yet on Blackthorn. So, that's back to front for a start.
Blackthorn has horrific looking spikes low down and none high up.
(Except (7th February 2009) I'm no longer convinced this particular branch is Blackthorn - we'll see!)
And as a postscript . . . skies in Dorset aren't always blue - but when they are - they are!
See again how the large thorns peter out, the higher the tree grows?
N.B. I've been scratched by brambles and gouged by briars but, despite their forbidding looks - I've never been harmed by a Blackthorn. They simply don't seem to reach out and grab you in the same way.