Now that the undergrowth is less vigorous and dying back, we have reclaimed our smeuse. I have been longing to use that word! It's one I have learnt from Robert Macfarlane's book 'Landmarks' and it relates to a passage created by animals through a hedge, or some other barrier. Tilly and I made our own pathway through a belt of trees back in the spring. It brought us out half way along the edge of the barley field. Over the summer months it became impassable, too many stinging nettles, but now we have it back!
Today, as we stepped out into the field, a young hare shot out in front of us. When we returned there were two, and we stood and watched them for a while. My photos are not sharp - it's a bit tricky to hold the camera steady in one hand, with a Border Terrier gagging to get at 'em on the end of lead in the other! Anyway, it was a delightful interlude and, as always, lovely just to watch the hares passing the time, peacefully, in their natural environment.