Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Nature in the home: hedgerow

A sweet hedgerow bouquet of fennel, buttercups, clover, chive flowers, cow parsley, and mint; this week's nature in the home entry.

The chalet park we stay at in Devon is a classic seventies holiday park. Hundreds of boxy chalets run in rows through the most beautiful countryside, surrounding a big old hotel. Sadly, the hotel is derelict, the kids' playground broken up and the swimming pool filled in. It's such a waste, and yet there is a kind of beauty in the wasteland.

On Thursday we went exploring, through the woods, up into the long grass and found ourselves in an overgrown vegetable garden. Bright bunches of chives with pink pompom flowers burst through the cracks in the paving, the fennel had travelled far from its original planting spot, and mint grew in abundance, taking up a vast swathe, metres and metres of the stuff.

That afternoon was such a happy one. The kids played so sweetly, the sun shone, and all was right with the world. I'm just putting the finishing touches to a film I made of our holiday, so when it's ready you can see what I mean. We were free.
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