A warm dry afternoon in late summer, when there's time to relax and watch the dragonfly hover and swoop, patrolling, prowling, pouncing, peerless – well almost - I saw my first hobby earlier in the summer, a small fast falcon capable of taking dragonflies as well as swifts. And time to watch the field mouse, collecting seeds from under the feeders, flung by the foraging sparrows. To enjoy the sight and sounds from a large family of swallows or goldfinches, pausing in their migration to make the most of the evening's flying fare or seed heads. And later, listening to a frog somewhere in the pond, invisible amongst the clutter of lily pads. And as dusk falls, a pair of bats fluttering around the tree tops, listening for tell-tale echoes from their supper.
I was pleased to hear that despite the poor growing season, the Stroud & District Chrysanthemum Society Show is going ahead in the Scout Hut on Sunday 2nd September starting at 1.00pm. Support for this show, and the Minchinhampton Gardening Club Annual Show taking place the following weekend on Saturday 8th September at 11.00am in the school hall would be appreciated by the growers and exhibitors who have had a tricky year.