We’re staying with my Father in the New Forest and today have been blessed with plenty of signs of spring and other brief delights.
This morning a whole variety of bees, including Bumblebees were working the sea of crocus flowers in his garden. Among the busy Goldfinches and Siskins, Longtail and other tits, was a female Blackbird collecting nesting material!
Then we spotted first a male Brimstone and then a pristine Tortoiseshell – the first butterflies of spring 🙂
This afternoon we took a walk out near Woosen’s Hill and Mark Ash. We found yet more ancient beech with naval timber marks, extending our search from others found at New Year. A Buzzard called and wheeled above us, Fallow Deer grazed in a sunny patch and I spotted a Cole Tit among the plentitude of small birds. The best moment was when a Tawney Owl flew out from an old pollarded Beech and silently twisted through the trees into the distance.
I love these days – they are like oases to a thirsty soul that lift my spirits high. And I still think “my” forest is the very best cathedral! Thank you God.
Not that things aren’t good – they are. Just a lot of stuff going on that I can’t blog about.