This morning I met my ex-next-door-neighbour very bright and early by the sadly deserted kids playground…..
…and we headed (2 metres apart) up the west side of the heath – although confusingly it is known as East Heath. This is almost entirely wooded, so today’s walk does include a lot of trees. And first up – this magnificent specimen –
very close to which was another fallen giant.
As you can see, it was a magnificent morning and a little further on I caught the sun pouring through these young oak leaves.
Further still, another giant, still hesitant to display too many of his leaves.
And beneath this guy – a delightful glade of bluebells –
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Almost at the top of the heath now, near to what is known as Spaniards Road, we found this amazing bifurcated trunk – like a giant’s tooth root!
On which you could still see a carving from 1942….
We actually adventured further over the Spaniards Road onto the Heath Extension – which was very exciting…. but is for another day!
Meanwhile, seen in the Guardian on Friday – a Spring Nature Diary.
Scores of amateur authors have taken part in a spring nature diary project to document the early days of the new season, with most clearly taking solace and finding some hope in flora and fauna at this most challenging of times. The 150-word pieces were collected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the National Trust and the Land Lines research project, which is investigating the history of nature writing in the UK. People of all ages submitted entries from towns, cities and villages.
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