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Around Chatley Wood

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

A morning walk from Moyles Court through Chatley Wood skirting Chatley Wood House for a lot of the way

At a ridiculous zoom level, but it's so rare to get a picture of a Green Woodpecker, I couldn't resist posting it

At a ridiculous zoom level, but it’s so rare to get a picture of a Green Woodpecker, I couldn’t resist posting it.

A male mallard searching for something a little better than this puddle

A male mallard searching for something a little better than this puddle.

Ancients - oak and yew together - against the fence surrounding Chatley Wood House

Ancients – oak and yew together – against the fence surrounding Chatley Wood House.

A much younger oak with some of last year's leaves still clinging to the branches

A much younger oak with some of last year’s leaves still clinging to the branches.

Looking ahead of me up Chatley Hill

Looking ahead of me up Chatley Hill.

An old tree stump covered in moss and ivy - nature has a way of regenerating itself

An old tree stump covered in moss and ivy – nature has a way of regenerating itself.

Another ancient yew on the edge of the Chatley Wood estate

Another ancient yew on the edge of the Chatley Wood estate.

We leave the edge of Chatley Wood behind and head out onto the open heath, this ancient oak seems to be resting its massive lower arm on the Forest floor

We leave the edge of Chatley Wood behind and head out onto the open heath, this ancient oak seems to be resting its massive lower arm on the Forest floor.

Looking out towards the Avon Valley over the farm at Rockford with its lovely old buildings

Looking out towards the Avon Valley over the farm at Rockford with its lovely old buildings.

A little to the right and the farmhouse itself comes into view with the houses of Rockford behind. One of them down there is called Tipsy Cottage - a house name after my own heart ;-)

A little to the right and the farmhouse itself comes into view with the houses of Rockford behind. One of them down there is called Tipsy Cottage – a house name after my own heart 😉

As we head back to the car through the open woodland Harry shows off the two sides to his face, here the normal Border Collie

As we head back to the car through the open woodland Harry shows off the two sides to his face, here the normal Border Collie.

Something catches his attention and we see his rather unique markings. Representative of the two sides of his personality.

Something catches his attention and we see his rather unique markings. Representative of the two sides of his personality.

What a good boy, he sits nicely when asked as a rider passes by

What a good boy, he sits nicely when asked as a rider passes by.

And finally, as we cross the old gravel pit, Harry with the flowering gorse (or furze as it's known locally)

And finally, as we cross the old gravel pit, Harry with the flowering gorse (or furze as it’s known locally).


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