It's taken me a few days to recover from my field course in Shropshire on 'Using A Flora' - enjoyable though it was, it was very intensive and the bunk bed was not conducive to a good nights sleep.
Watson and Thornton, an absolute gem of a fabric shop. Besides some muslin for my 'eco dyeing' course at FoQ in a few weeks, I got some lovely cream boiled wool fabric perfect for hand stitching a journal quilt inspired by CQ Summer School - they even cut a piece to size off the metre I'd bought. Although I didn't get a chance to do any sewing until the train journey home.
'Stace' I received as a leaving present, thanks to tutor Mark.
Colemere, I was very hot and bothered despite retreating to the woods but it was pleasanter at Snailbeach ( below) before it started to drizzle and we headed back for cake.
burnet moth was taken there)
Llanymynech. Half in Shropshire, half in Montgomeryshire, Wales, apart from the spectacular cliff faces, the variety of limestone plants was just magic.
There were large stands of Pyramidal, Common spotted and Fragrant orchids as well as the odd bee orchid in the longer grass and then spent a couple of hours on the bench overlooking the panoramic view , keying out milkwort (a favourite from my survey days and one I spotted on Portland) ) and rockrose.
The combination of selling our house, coming to terms with redundancy from Kew and flare-up of arthritis is taking its toll in terms of stress levels and being unable to give the time and commitment needed to complete assignments, I made the difficult decision to withdraw from the UCert course. Everyone concerned was very understanding.
Next year once we've moved I still intend to do some more field courses to add to my botanical knowledge/experience but without the stress of exams and assignments.