Ragwort is in flower all over the place at the moment, at least on uncultivated land and land where livestock does not graze. This bold plant, seen in the mass, can be magnificent to behold "so bright and glaring that the very light of the rich sunshine doth to paleness turn". (John Clare). It is poisonous to horses and cattle, as one of its country names, "mare's fart", indicates. I was glad to see it growing in the area of the Grove, which they have left unmowed to encourage wild life. So far no horses or cattle graze there.
In the window of a drapery shop is an advertisement for made-to-order, traditional woven name tapes. Examples of the different styles of embroidered lettering are shown. The names, chosen to illustrate the styles, are: H G Wells, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, D H Lawrence,Thomas Hardy, Samuel Becket and Oscar Wilde.
The pigeon, which I often see on the fence outside the bathroom window, looks different today. To my pleasure I realize that this morning I am looking at a jay, a bird which is not too common round here, while there are probably more pigeons than people.