A Birthday Bouquet

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Cloudless blue sky and a day off to explore the tops and lanes around the plot – a rare experience (well actually the first such foray). In the rougher ground skylarks pop up everywhere and an occasional lapwing and curlew are heard in the distance.

A large over-Wintering Peacock suns on a fence post

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and descending from the top on sunken lanes the steep banks are alive with growth. ┬áThe shaded north-facing side hosts the woodland flowers – anemones, violets… while the brighter side has primroses and the first uncurling bracken fronds. We collect a visual birthday bouquet.

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Back towards home and the newly arrived swallows swoop over the farm while on the plot the flycatcher busies in the freshly flowering Ash

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Robin, Wren and Goldcrest flit around, beaks full of nesting material, defending bursts of song.

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