Wild mint in a ditch, is the white fuzzy plant Angelica? Not sure about that one. Nice little composition anyway. Many years ago my brother would experiment with making mint sauce from this, it's about 10x stronger than the cultivated version, most things don't try to eat it (clue there)
On the way to Guisborough is a row of originally mineworker's cottages, the verge outside is quite wide and has been enlivened the past couple of years by so-called meadow planting. To me the popular name is not quite right but the effect is very pleasing and a few places are doing it now which must be better for bees etc than mown grass. You can buy similar mixtures at about £15 for 5 sq metres or something so affordable to try it.
This is Freeborough Hill by the A171 bewteen Guisborough and Whitby, it looks a bit like Silbury but definitely a natural outlier of moorland sandstone somehow left behind when the ice from Norway gouged all around it. The heather was good this year but has gone over faster than usual in the hot weather last week. There's a nice line of shooting buts visible, which are completely grown over with heather and bilberry.
The flower meadows are stunning, were there many visible insects? The verges between here and the Mids have been in good bloom this year. Much cheaper, prettier and insect etc friendly than neatly cut!
It must attract bees and butterflies but it had been showery and rather cool all morning when I stopped. There seems to be a some controversy about using too many North American desert/prairie flowers! They seem to have to re-sow it every year but no doubt poppies and a few others would come again. It looked like it had been rotavated earlier in the year, but I didn't see them do it - and heaven forbid they sprayed off the grass with roundup
Whorlton Castle near Swainby yesterday. The main ruin is actually just the gatehouse and survived due to being partly rebuilt as a dwelling, probably in the 1600s - then converted into a makeshift barn and storage for a couple of centuries. All that remains of the main castle is a vaulted undercroft/store which is popularly considered a dungeon but it probably wasn't. There are significant outer earthworks though, so it was an important place which was apparently used as a base by the Normans during "The Harrying of the North" Most likely then it would then have been little more than a timber fort on the site though.
Classic view of Hutton-le-Hole today, but the little beck is a lot higher than normal Where the small waterfall is was a road crossing until about 1970 We went to school thera and on the annual school day trip to Scarborough, the bus got grounded both ends going through the dip.