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It’s Solstice, the weather is in the thirties, just over the hill everyone is heading for the Festival, but here at the Dove in the quiet, things are happening.

Paintings on chairs

Laura Burke’s paintings on the Doorhouse verandah

An absent artist (Laura Burke), her paintings arranged on chairs ‘like friends’. Too hot to paint.

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Sue Gilmore collecting material in the tree circle

Another artist at work.

Fox in the Whitefield

Fox in the Whitefield (photo Sue Gilmore)

Watcher?

Meadow brown

A little ‘brown meadow’ is winking her eye…

Or watched?

Bee orchid

Bee orchid in the Whitefield

Bee imposter

Bumblebee in Clover

and a real bee in – clover

Tree circle circle

Photo Sue Gilmore

Circle 1 – seen in the Tree circle

Circle of Fire

Circle 2 – our Solstice fire

 

Evening light

And so often here – that beautiful evening light over the Tor.

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Meadow 2Spotted yesterday in the Dove Meadow:  pyramidal orchids. Not nearly as many as on the White Field, but we’re getting there.

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These yellow rattle flowers may not look all that remarkable, but they are great news for a wild flower meadow. Yellow rattle is semi parasitic on grasses, which means its roots bore down into the grass roots and suck the life out of them Not all of their life; just enough to ensure that they are weakened and grow very small, which allows other plants to take root. So it’s heartening that the handfuls of hay from the White Field that I scattered over the Dove Meadow last Autumn have resulted in yellow rattle colonies.

But a super abundance of hogweed, as here in the Tree Circle,

Meadow 5

meant that the field had to be cut early, orchids, rattle and all. Now it looks like this:

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That’s management for you. I hope I’ve done the right thing.

Over in the Door House, to be seen here stretching canvases on the the verandah, is another new arrival: Laura Burke, here on a 6 week painting residency funded by ACEarts in Somerton. She set up a work table almost immediately, and will also be doing one of the Amazing Space Book Commissions for the Tree House.

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Talking of the Tree Circle, as I did above, June 10th is the first day of the Oak tree in the Celtic lunar calendar. (The Tree Circle Calendar, or Alphabet, is a planting of 13 native trees each starting with a different Celtic consonant and arranged in order of the 13 lunar months of the year). The other night – the 10th, as it happened – I photographed the just waning full moon, and in the process of writing this post, have discovered that the Celtic name for the June full moon is the Oak Moon. Makes sense: this is our home grown name for what is sometimes know by the American Indian name of ‘Strawberry Moon’. So here, behind the ‘Big Oak’ – the largest and oldest tree in this part of Butleigh, I give you – The Oak Moon

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