Daphne accompanies me to the Old Wood to check the progress of hidden groves of beaked hazelnut. The hazelnuts look to be 3 to 6 weeks from harvest, but Daphne was finding herself distracted by carpets of bunchberry on sphagnum moss.
Trekking through the woodlands, we found service berries nearly ripe at a break in the forest. They are duly noted and I’ll return in a fortnight to harvest, and some will be reseeded onto Twa Corbies Hollow land. Thornberries should be about ripe by that time, too.
Deep in the Old Wood, I picked up the trail of a black bear sow with a cub and thought to trail them and catch up. I trailed them two miles when Daphne was delighted to espy an especially large patch of hazelnut and loudly declared, “I bet we can fill a whole sack from those trees.” I found steaming piles of bear dung only a few hundred yards up where it had overheard her and taken fright and set off at a lope. Alas, two miles of tracking for naught. Oh well, we still had a blast.