Monday, July 28, 2008

Lakeland

Looking up Buttermere to Haystacks

A wonderful week, with no rain, and some sun but not too hot. A de-stressing week of scrambling up mountains and hills and peering at small creatures - we had a great view of a stoat going up the path to Haystacks at a considerably quicker rate than I managed it, and a close encounter with a red squirrel which expressed the desire to suicidally cross the road in front of our car. Obviously he's not met Tufty.

View from Great Gable

Most of the garden and allotment seem to have survived the week, with a harvest of broad beans, cabbage, onions and potatoes to come home to.

As promised - a sundew, although we had actual real sun as well. It's interesting to read that, whilst the Venus Fly Trap responds to pretty much anything which triggers three hairs inside its maw, the sundew responds greatest to stimuli which contain nitrogen, one of the key nutrients in short supply in their boggy homes.

5 comments:

Titania said...

Beautiful scenery, sun and wind in your hair what would you ask more of a holiday. Come home and harvest your own vegetables how good is that. Welcome back!

HappyMouffetard said...

Thank you,Titania. I'm now going to start digging part of the lawn up, to fit more plants in.

artistsgarden said...

It is such a lovely shot of a beautiful view.
Glad you had a good break
Karen
An Artist's Garden

easygardener said...

It's nice to see the sundew in it's natural setting. I have a few in pots but would love to present them more naturally. Obviously I need a mini bog.

HappyMouffetard said...

We found the greatest concentration of flowerdews were next to alleged 'paths' that were actually streams. It was lovely to see them. We also saw butterworts close to them, which catch their prey in a similar way.

Thank you all for your comments :)