One the way I saw a couple of things I haven't seen for a long time, both the product of tiny gall wasps. On a wild rose there were one or two Robin's Pincushions, which are feathery looking rose-tinted galls, created by the larvae of a tiny gall wasp, Diplolepis rosea.
Further along, growing on an oak in the hedgerow, I found lots of oak apples. I have rarely seen them since I was a little girl. I knew then that they had bugs inside, I now know they have been created by the oak apple gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. There is an Oak Apple Day, or Restoration Day, observed annually on 29 May in certain parts of the country, to commemorate the restoration of the English monarchy in May 1660.
Our new walk looks south to the Lammermuir Hills. We will go again, and next time try and include the field across the lane.