‘The grass was June high and had come up with a rush, a massed entanglement of species, crested with flowers and spears of wild wheat, and coiled with clambering vetches, the whole of it humming with blundering bees and flickering with scarlet butterflies.’

This is Laurie Lee’s description of a Slad valley hay meadow in ‘Cider with Rosie’, and captures exactly the feeling of our meadow here at Church Gate. Slad is just the next valley over from here. I read the book when I was a teenager and  I loved the countryside that Laurie Lee painted a picture of.  I never imagined  I would come to live here or have my own hay meadow just like he described!

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The hay meadow in June

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