I’m going to have to face up to the fact that my eyesight is not what it was. I’ve been wearing glasses with varifocal lenses for the best part of two years and I don’t think that hour after hour of Zoom and Skype meetings this year has helped at all. So when I was out for a walk the other day and spotted what appeared to be a hedge full of spiders, I didn’t really believe that’s what it would be, and approached, albeit cautiously.
It wasn’t spiders, it was seedheads.
I can’t remember noticing what the flowers were on that particular bush earlier in the season, but I’m pretty sure it must be a type of clematis. Presumably the type that grows wild and is known as old man’s beard or traveller’s joy.
And now I’m wondering why on earth a bush full of spiders should produce joy in the heart of any traveller.