To make up for the lack of flower photos in my last post, this post will have thousands!! All of them will be the English bluebell, Hyacinthoides non scripta.
We went to the nearest woodland to see all their marvellous bluebells, they are at Blackbury Camp, an Iron age settlement near Beer in Devon. It is thought that the settlement was here from 800 BC to the first century AD.
The ramparts are built of clay and flint, quarried from the outer ditch.
It is not known if the outer enclosure was intended to be defensive or whether it was used as a holding area for cattle.
The site was excavated in the 1950s, when the remains of a hut, cooking pit and oven, pottery and over 1,000 slingstones were found.
The iron age pottery that was found was made from the local greensand clay.
At one time you would have been able to see for miles around, as it is high up overlooking numerous valleys, now it is an oak and beech woodland, where the bluebells have made themselves at home.
Just as beautiful as the bluebells are all the trees, the oaks only just starting to come into leaf and the beech with their leaves such a beautiful, fresh, pale green which contrasts so well with the flowers below.
As well as gazing up at the huge ancient trees and admiring the thousands of bluebells, did I mention the delicious perfume that was surrounding us, we were entertained by hundreds of birds singing their hearts out, I wish you could have heard them.
We spent a super time here, really enjoying it all. The history, the wildlife, the flowers, the trees, they all have their own story to tell – we will be back, should all look very colourful in the autumn! Do you have a wood near you that you just have to visit each year because it is so beautiful?