Sunday, March 14th, 2010
A walk around the Linford Bottom area.
Before our walk I go to feed the horse. Here she is having a good shake.
Since the weather is so wonderful, I turn her back out without her rug on for the day. Sun on her back at last!
We get to Linford and set out across the brook.
Where we cross, someone has improvised a rope swing across one of the deeper pools – I wouldn’t want to fall into water that cold!
Since I have a ball with me, Harry is waiting very patiently for me to throw it.
Zooming in on lichen on a tree trunk.
So late – these little wild daffodils are normally in flower by now, this year the leaves are barely out of the ground.
Looking across the lawn beside the brook….
…and back towards the road. What a perfect day.
We leave the lawns behind and head off into Little Linford Inclosure.
Young beech trees in the sunshine. Very soon they’ll have their lovely acid green spring leaves.
Away to our left I spot a couple of Roe deer. Apologies for the quality, they were quite a way off!
After walking up through the inclosure, we reach the gate out onto Marrowbones Hill. Harry is already under the gate ‘Peter Rabbit stylee’ and waiting for me.
Once through the gate I look back to the top end of the inclosure and the very fine trees around the gate.
In front of me is Marrowbones Hill. We’re barely a mile or so from the A31, but it’s quiet and peaceful here.
Zooming in, we see a very obvious browse line on a group of holly trees where Forest animals have grazed the branches back to a straight line.
Looking up the beech branches against the blue sky are tipped with white buds – spring is on its way!!
This brings a whole new meaning to tree fern!
As I walk on through Pinnick Wood I come across these old posts, by the look of the size, possibly an old gateway.
A way off, shown by the image quality again – a large herd of fallow deer watch me and Harry cautiously.
On the edge of the wood looking towards Akercome Bottom, this fallen giant throws its stark fingers skyward.
It’s neighbours however still stand tall at its side.
Heading off down through Pinnick Wood to return to Linford Bottom, I follow and then cross this stream.
This falling oak took a holly tree with it, but the holly still survives albiet sideways.
Back out of the woods now, this last fine oak against the blue sky caught my eye.
Out of the woods we return to Harry’s ball game. Here he waits for me to encourage another bath in Linford Brook.
Back at the car, the Sunday sun has brought more visitors out. Soon Linford will be full of summer visitors most days – although the Forestry Commission removing the toilets over the winter may change that a bit!
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