This is a lovely time of year with flowers everywhere in the Wessex countryside. I walked along Charminster Down yesterday, overlooking the Cerne Valley, and flowers were evident all around. The meadows on the down top were carpeted in acres of swaying grasses of every description. The hedgerows and banksides were threaded with a colourful profusion of wild flowers. The valley sides were cloaked in ripening wheat, barley, oats – and oil-seed rape intertwined with poppies creating, from a distance, a bright red misting over the entire field.
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