Saturday, August 16, 2014
A Purple Walk
Described as a 'successful coloniser', Rosebay Willowherb, aka Chamerion angustifolium, was at its best. This website explains that it was once a scarce woodland plant in this country, and that its expansion occurred as a result of clearing large areas of forest and burning the ground in both town and country during the two World Wars - just the right conditions for this plant to thrive in. One of its common names in the south-east alludes to this takeover - 'Bombweed'. I think I'll call it that from now on. The North American name of course is 'Fireweed'.
Mountain Bothies Association. The MBA exists 'to maintain simple shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places'.
see here. At that time the former shepherd's cottage was derelict and the south gable was about to collapse. That's now been rebuilt, above. I commented in 2009, "Seems a shame that this home for many families for hundreds of years will soon be no more than a ruin." More pics here.
Incidentally, I was contacted recently by Chris Halliday who had seen me mention Dryfehead, and he was able to tell me that records for Dryfehead exist back to the 1600s and many of the Halliday families that were tenants there are buried in Hutton kirkyard.
Did I say a lot can happen in five years. Just two years ago I thought my days of being able to ramble around the countryside were gone for good. So, it was a great feeling to reach Dryfehead yesterday!
see here. It was very different yesterday, with a purple carpet of heather for me to stride down the Dryfe valley.
Photos © Skip Cottage