A Border, A Bee and A Bird House

26 Jul

There is a delightful border full of colour just around the corner from us.

On our walk today, a new one, we passed a Butterfly Bush alive with bees and not a butterfly to be seen.

Along the walk, by the stream, we noticed a rather lovely bird box up in the tree.

It was a strange and oddly disconcerting walk that we won’t be doing again. The signs tell it all.


9 responses to “A Border, A Bee and A Bird House

  1. Piglet in Portugal

    July 26, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    The birdbox is so sweet!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Isn’t it? And all tucked away along a country lane, so unexpected. 🙂

  2. Heyjude

    July 26, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    What comes when living in a tin mining county I suppose! I tend to stick to well-trodden paths. Love the bird house including a cute little bird 🙂 And that border is very pretty – an English country cottage garden.

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 26, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      The stream is alongside a road and the track a well beaten bridle path! That’s why we thought we would try it out but it wasn’t one we will repeat! 🙂

  3. Arkenaten

    July 26, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Lockdown etc notwithstanding, is there a reason why these issues have not/(cannot) been addressed, Sally?
    None of these barriers seem that much of a formidable barrier either. (Not that one would expect any rational individual would specifically put themselves in harm’s way )

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 26, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      I think these areas are always dangerous because of the shafts, some of which remain uncapped and indeed not even known about until they collapse as mapping of the tin workings in the 1800s was very lax. Those didn’t really surprise us but we have walked alongside the stream before and not seen the arsenic signs. That too is a relic from tin mining days and the locals don’t seem to turn a hair. When I mentioned it this afternoon to a neighbour, it was, ‘Oh yeh, old tin workings!’ It was clear that some people have indeed climbed the gates and walked along there, their tracks were very clear and well worn so not just one person.

      • Arkenaten

        July 26, 2020 at 7:32 pm

        Human nature seems to dictate that the bare minimum is done until a tragedy strikes.
        Does the arsenic leech into the water?

        • mybeautfulthings

          July 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

          The signs are along the stream so, yes, I think that must be the case.

          • Arkenaten

            July 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm

            Sign Addendum: ”We mean it. REALLY don’t drink the water.”


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