This colony seem really placid and contented - we probably didn't need the suits on as they didn't really notice us dismantling their home and having a poke around in there. It's bloody hot wearing them in the hottest parts of the year !
We've built a platform for a shelter and this is the view through the archway. The bent Ash on the left is going to be a great place for a hammock. Other trees are :- Rowans, Oaks, Hazel, Walnuts, Hornbeam, Pines, Larches, Cypress, Cedars, Yews, Cherries, Box Elders, Mulberry, Beech, Birch, Conker, Elms, Ginkgo, Box, Pears, Quince, Field Maples, Small-leafed Limes, Liquidambar, Willows, Hawthorns & a Wild Service Tree.
That's the blacksmith's shop in the middle of the picture.
Picked enough elderflower heads for a gallon of wine - to me the essence of summer. Funny thing is I can smell it now as we've put them in a bucket and poured on boiling water. Wish this image was 'scratch'n'sniff'!