At the end of a half term of rain and a lot of restoration work at home, the boys and I were very excited to get out for a little adventuring. I have recently discovered a beautiful area of Montgomeryshire around Dolanog through doing some bird surveying for the BTO, and I was keen to explore further. Dolanog is a small village nestling in the valley of the river Vyrnwy.
Eager to try out their new fishing nets, the boys searched for minnows to catch...
There are a lot of beautiful old houses up here. This one had 1664 inscribed on a beam, wow!
I was equally taken with the the old barns... I think I have a thing for old farm buildings.
Bluebells were still in flower in shady spots, and the meadows were covered in pignuts and buttercups.
And I spotted a new speedwell, a Common Speedwell - not so common to me!
|Unfurling bracken fronds|
The boys were unsuccessful in their quest for fish, but they did catch a lot of bugs and buttercups. Having the nets and hunting for prey (!) did help them walk over 6 miles with very little moaning!
|Speckled Yellow moth|
We left the river to walk back along quiet country lanes. Littlest spotted a colony of Speckled Yellow moths. The verges were gorgeous as they were full of wildflowers. Montgomeryshire at its finest up in these hills.
EDIT: The problem of writing a blog post with constant interuptions is you forget to include things that there isn't a photograph of! I meant to include some of the birds I spotted like redstarts, pied flycatchers and my highlight - a cuckoo! A first for me in Montgomeryshire.