Simply in the Springing

Clark’s Lot – Burtonwell Wood – Lambert’s Meadow – Bank Well – Myer’s Allotment – Leighton Moss – Trowbarrow – Moss Lane – Eaves Wood

A gloomy start. At my new favourite place, Myer’s Allotment, I decided to follow the path way-marked with small blue-paint splashed posts. It took me around the reserve and then up and along a tree-lined edge. A gap in the trees revealed…


…a rough-hewn bench with a great view over Leighton Moss…


It needs some blue sky and sunshine to make the most of it. And maybe a stove to brew a cuppa.


Down at Leighton Moss I was told that there were two Marsh Harrier nests by the causeway, and an Osprey passing through, and Red-poll and Siskins on the bird-feeders.


I saw none of them. But there were Chaffinches, Greenfinches and a Coal Tit just sneaking into this photo.


And by the pond-dipping area a nest neatly woven from reeds…


It was much too close to the path however, and I wondered whether it had been abandoned. I passed it again a couple of days later and it was empty, not even any remains of shells.


Willow catkins – a bit of a departure from my obsession with Hazel catkins.


The new boardwalk which cuts the corner to the causeway path is open, and close to the end of it a Wren singing full-throttle from a prominent perch had attracted a small audience.


By the time I reached Eaves Wood, the sky was brightening, and along the fringes of the path Bluebell flowers were opening…


And Sycamore…


…and Hawthorn leaves were unfurling in the sun.


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

from A Prayer in Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson

Later, through the kitchen window, another slightly-blurred, pastel Long-Tailed Tit…


Simply in the Springing

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