Ball thistles, they look like mini planets, or are they little balls of fireworks just waiting to burst out?
Unfortunately the cows in the field next door like them too. My lovely spiky patch of firework planets has been munched into oblivion.
There is now a black hole, where just yesterday there was a whole universe of planetary life.
Here is a prime suspect. A major criminal does not require a striped jersey, swag bag on shoulder, mask or traditionally ugly and menacing demeanor. No this one is in disguise. You can see these criminal types in almost any country field. Do not be fooled by their calm and somewhat lazy outlook. No, these are hardened criminals of the first order. I keep my fingers crossed that this is their only crime against me this year and that they don't break into the garden like last year. Roll on the day they get moved to another field. It is always worrying having criminals nearby………