The ariel mounted on our chimney offers a commanding 360 degree view of the surrounding cwm. This spring it has been taken over by the usual pair of swallows and and for the second year running, a pair of mistle thrushes. They reared a pair of chicks in the same tree as last year.
The muggy weather brought out countless mayflies, and insect eating birds like the swallows and pied flycatchers had easy pickings. A regular pair of flycatchers nest in the studio wall and the tiny iridescent ruby tailed wasp is another local inhabitant of the stone work.
Further down the cwm in damp woodland, water avens carpets the ground and millions of tadpoles gather to sunbathe on the edge of the pond