The Usk valley this afternoon was basked in hot sun, one of those lazy, hazy days of late summer. The Olway brook is very low, as is normal this time of year and consequentially a kingfisher has returned, it was perched on a branch sticking out of the water with a large fish in its beak, skimming away down stream in a flash of turquoise when I disturbed it.Hopefully next year they will return to nest on this part of the brook.
The dog roses climbing through the woods, that what only seems like weeks ago were in glorious flower, are now heavily laden with huge swollen rosehips, and a crab apple tree close by is similarly loaded with fruit. Lots of white and tortoiseshell butterflies about and a lovely little common blue fluttering in the long grass at the edge of the woods, and also found lots of cabbage white butterfly caterpillars on ( very aptly) my cabbages!
Apart from some very large and noisy flocks of finches that were grouped together in the willows lining the brook it was a quiet, dreamy afternoon the like of which you only get in late August.