We decided to postpone our last half day of brownfield survey until Sunday, which meant I had a chance to spend some time in the garden, mowing the lawn, dead-heading and picking several bowls of fruit - raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. 

It also allowed me to be around to help with the finishing touches to Alex and Ben's costumes, made for a Harry Potter party. Ben went as a Phoenix and Alex as a Death-eater. It's been a long time since so much art and craft has happened in the house!

I went out for a couple of hours in the late afternoon to visit a site for a potential rare plant that needed the seeds to be certain of its identification - unfortunately the area where it grew had been mown! Instead I had a walk along the nearby road, which has some very fine flowery verges, and came across a small stand of lucerne, a widely grown hay-crop until the Second World War, but now quite scarce in south Lincolnshire.

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