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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Shrove Tuesday walk

The weather was glorious this morning – clear and bright after an early frost. It was too good to miss so I set out on a walk from my studio, alongside the Stour Brook towards its source on Wratting Common.

"A little bit of bread and no cheeeeeeeeese!"

It was just me and the birds – Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Yellowhammers. I noticed how the vivid yellow of the Yellowhammer's feathers matched the lichen on the branches and the brick bridge.

I walked as far as the derelict Nissen Huts on the edge of what was RAF Wratting Common WWII airfield, and sat for a while on the old tractor tyres listening to Skylarks singing high overhead, before walking home.

If you are viewing on an iPad and can't see the video below, you can see it here

Tomorrow Lent begins, do you give something up? Or maybe do something new?
I'm undecided, but this walk has made be feel more alive, so that's a start.



  1. Just beautiful! It certainly was a lovely sunny morning.

  2. How lovely to see a yellow hammer, I haven't seen one for years. Yes, today really made you feel as if spring was on the way.

  3. A lovely walk, I wish I could have been there. I can't recalll the last time I saw a yellow hammer.

    I couldn't make your video work. :-(

  4. Well, that was a lovely walk.Thank you.

  5. When it was RSPB Birdwatch day we lamented at how few yellowhammers there were in the garden this year but all of a sudden they are out in force. I am glad for this dry spell as it seems to rejuvenate them. That sulphur yellow is so striking and I consider myself privileged to see a bird that others rarely come across.

  6. It is lovely seeing the Yellowhammer. I used to have some in the fields behind me here but last year I heard the song perhaps two or three times - a sad decline in numbers. I still hear the Skylarks, though - such a beautiful sound.


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