On another fine spring morning I took a walk to Shorefield Country Park and back.
Before arriving at the end of the back drive I photographed
a few tulips
and bunches of daffodils.
A cerulean Christchurch Bay could be seen from the entrance to Roger Cobb’s top field on Downton Lane.
Further down the road, what looked like a transparent bouquet wrapper added sparkle to the blackthorn.
I saw this because I had turned down the steeper slope from which I had reversed my steps on my last trip. This time I carried Elizabeth’s stick which helped my balance.
I had intended to continue to the end of Downton Lane, but the raucous cawing of rooks emanating from the otherwise deserted Shorefield Country Park became siren calls to the rookery that I knew would be
down a footpath from Shorefield Road to a collection of wooden holiday homes.
The red railed bridge at the far end of the picture I produced on the downward slope traverses the same stream as that crossed by the little road bridge in the image preceding that one.
The damp nature of the terrain is evidenced by the flora flanking the footpath.
It looks as if the corvine colony is at the nest building stage.
Whoever has reduced the 10 m.p.h. limit on Shorefield Road is a fan of Harry Potter.
Jackie’s savoury rice, stuffed as it is with red and yellow peppers and peas for colour; and onions, mushrooms, egg, and garlic for flavour, is a meal in itself. This evening she served it with spicy hot chilli con carne with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Valréas.