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I hope these sunflowers bring sunshine to your day, as much as they did to mine.

No, this field of sunflowers isn't in France or Italy, it's on farmland at Michelgrove in West Sussex.

We came upon them unexpectedly whilst on a bike ride which started from Ford, ending up back home in Lancing, along a stretch of the Monarch's Way between Arundel and Findon.

Not knowing whether grown for commercial purpose or as good countryside practice, these sunflowers in all shapes and sizes, for now, are making the bees buzz themselves happy.

If only the faces you came across in life could be as cheery as these.

There are some right miserable people around, I can tell you!

Michelgrove is an area just north of the exit from woodland off the Angmering Park estate, an area for forestry, shooting, agriculture and wildlife.

If you love to be outdoors, and you're ever in the West Sussex area, try and make time to visit. There are lots of footpaths and bridleways to enjoy, woods and country paths and lanes to explore.

You may even get to see the big cat!

I wasn't the only one very reluctant to leave the sunflowers behind.

I may just be able to get back in a month or so, to check out if the birds are having such a great time as me and this bee was.


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Amanda said...

Oh what a glorious sight, I wish I lived closer and could go visit. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures with us xx

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh the envy Louise.. to see such a wonderful sight of sunflowers and on a bicycle too.. doesn't get much better!
We are off to Cornwall for a few days in October and are promised bicycles as part of the rental. I haven't ridden since I was in my 20's.. can't tell you how much I am looking forward to cycling around the country lanes.
Will have a think about the fat cat..

Michele xxx
P.s The Teddy Bear's picnic is a classic isn't it! I had the original 78 r.p.m once upon a time.

Wild Rose said...

Breath-taking! What a glorious sight.

Marie x

LizzieJane said...

What a lovely unexpected surprise to come upon. I just adore sunflowers. They always tell me that summers end isn't to far away so enjoy the rest of it while it is here.

Simone said...

What a find! The sunflowers are spectacular. x

Glo said...

That was a perfect unexpected pleasure to come across that glorious field of sunflowers! It definitely does bring a smile. I can picture the vicinity as I have been to Amberley and Arundel ~ so I guess I'll just have to come back to see that field and the other places you mentioned! I have been missing these posts as I have only a link to your 'outside' blog. I must rectify that!

Twiggy said...

Oooo gorgeous, I love sunny sunflowers, so cheery !!
Twiggy x

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Kathy said...

I love sunflowers ... what a glorious sight ... a whole field of them!
Love Kathy xxx

Lyn said...

Oh I love sunflowers! they always make me smile, and I love bees too!

Annie said...

What a stunning sight, sunflowers certainly make you smile. I have just been looking at my few in the garden and I love them.
Ann x

Ally Johnston said...

Those sunflowers looks fabulous, what a pleasant surprise. And you are right there are some very miserable people around.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos of happy sunny sunflowers - they seem to have such personality and a great ability to cheer!

Annalisa said...

I'm a new follower and I just love your blog!Wonderful sunflowers, lovely bright colours :)
And the pic of the bee, wonderful!
Annalisa@Cooking Easy

periwinkle said...

I don't think I'd have been able to leave that field - absolutely gorgeous and happy :-))

Jude@ThisJewels4You said...

I love the field of sunflowers. I tried unsuccessfully to get some shots here on the east coast of USA but with little rain the sunflowers did not look too healthy; maybe next year or even a different place. Thanks for sharing. Jude

Kris said...

I love sunflowers. What a fantastic sight to see a field of them! One year I planted my whole front garden with Cosmos. They were beautiful, but the most amazing and wonderful time was when the cosmos died down and the finches came to feed each day. We spent hours watching from our front windows!