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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Bluebell Walk from Cuckfield, 8.5 miles

Although not exactly firing on all cylinders whilst still recovering from a very nasty respiratory infection, I managed to lead this walk - rehydrated after 5 miles with a quart of excellent ale from a local Sussex brewery in the Ansty Cross pub.  On this day we started off with a detour through the magical New England Wood.  The walk was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme.
The Bluebells were magnificent -- especially so with Yellow archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon mixed into this wonderful floral display.  Click on any picture to expand it.
We passed this newborn foal, all legs and head.

19 happy ramblers, including the photographer.
The Pickwell estate is at its best perhaps at this time of year, when the specimen azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom.

This meadow was a feast of dandelion seeds for small birds.  Having watched goldfinches eating such seeds in my own lawn, I have now learned to welcome such weeds and seed heads in my garden.
It was a lovely day and the promised rain hardly touched us.  Too bad!  The garden needs the rain.

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