Yesterday was SO beautiful -- sunny and warm, full of all the satisfaction of late summer. The season is a little bit beyond its high point, and all of nature is as green and ripe and full as it's going to get. The butterflies are flitting, the hoverflies are buzzing, the blackberries are already past their peak, the thistles and ragwort and rosebay willowherb are drifting away as fluffy seeds, and Olga and I were out on the Heath, naturally.
I usually don't walk the dog with music on, but for some reason yesterday I put in my headphones and cranked up my iTunes, and it felt fabulous to walk along in the sun-dappled forest listening to groovy tunes while Olga raced ahead with her Kong toy. I've made a 3 1/2-minute video, a very condensed version of our 2 1/2-hour walk, so you can experience it too!
I found a couple of interesting pieces of old glass. The first is a portion of a bottle marked around the bottom "H. D. Rawlings Ltd. London" -- as you can see, it's rather dangerously jagged and cracked so I'm not going to keep it, but I like to make a record of these finds just in case they're something interesting. Rawlings was a soft-drink manufacturer in the Victorian era, it turns out.
The other is also a piece of broken bottle -- a smaller one, dark green, marked Pitt & Norrish. (I made the very un-archaeological mistake of dropping this piece on my patio, breaking it further. Argh! I had to glue it for the photo.) Pitt & Norrish was another soft drink manufacturer, from what I can gather. I don't see any bottles online that look quite like this one -- I wish it were whole. Oh well.
More great weather today -- and it's a bank holiday, which means we're off work! Woo hoo!