In my garden, the daisies on my lawn are giving way to clover and yesterday I saw the first ripe blackberry on a bush growing by the side of the road on my way home from work. High summer is here.
Mind you, according to folklore, it is unlucky to eat the season's first blackberries. And I've also been told that clover can be a curse as much as a blessing, particularly for farmers.
I was told by a friend, author Jaine Fenn, who grew up in the country, that if cows eat too much clover they can build up so much internal gas that they explode.
I'm not totally sure she wasn't winding me up. It does sound rather fantastical - and Jaine does have a vivid imagination, as anyone who has read her SF novels Principles of Angels and Consorts of Heaven can tell.
I haven't investigated clover abuse as a cause of cow explosions yet, but what do you think? Fact or fiction?
Do leave a comment below (but if you have photographic evidence, I'm not that sure I want to see it...)
Principles of Angels
Consorts of Heaven