It was hot.
Too hot to be out with the dogs. I promised them a late night walk after sunset but it was still too hot to be out. The next day would be hotter still, so I prepared for a very early stroll round Ufton Fields first thing in the morning. At least most of the walk would be in the shade.
Ufton Fields was an old quarry that has been left to go wild and is now owned by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. There is a single track circling the perimeter with a number of offshoots and areas for play and exploration. The track had become quite overgrown since I was here last.
The path winds round a couple of the larger quarry pits, surrounded by large woodlands before opening out. Not much sight of wildlife though I could hear a constant call of the chiffchaff, the angry ticking of a blackbird and the rasping flap of pigeons wings.
Once out in the open the brambles, shrubs and thistles dominated the walk, sometimes making it difficult to manage the buggy. If yellow is the colour of spring then the colour of summer is definitely purple.
The path began to widen as we made our final way through the woods and back where we began, hot and bothered. I had to wait for Max to catch up as he panted his slow way along the path. The day was already hot and it was not yet eight o’clock.