Sunday morning and a walk round Melways Lane and back to the village, best then as the short section of road I have to walk on from Chisel Farm to Markstone cottages is quieter, weekdays it’s quite busy with work traffic. Another cold morning with a biting wind I hope it warms up a little soon!

Lots of Sheep with their Lambs and I noticed that the small flock of Black sheep now have youngsters, usually they are at a distance but this morning they were close to the fence. I think they may be Black Welsh Mountain sheep but I’m not 100% positive on that!

Black Welsh Mountain sheep
Black Welsh Mountain sheep

Across the road and heading back to the village a beautiful Sparrowhawk flew out in front of us and landed on a fence post for a brief second and then was off again, quite a large bird my husband said it was probably a female as they are bigger than the males. Soon after I spotted something gingery coloured at the edge of the field I thought a fox but it wasn’t moving like a fox, not a rabbit too big so I though perhaps a Hare. Anyway it disappeared into the undergrowth. I walked farther on and to my surprise there was a Hare in the next field, at a distance and then there were two. I was so pleased to see them again. The grass had just been cut so they were quite visible.

Hare
Hare
Hares
Hares

On to trees now, many of the Oak trees are flowering and the leaves starting to emerge which seems quite early, The Ash trees are still bare at the moment.

Oak tree
Oak tree

On my way back there are two youngish Horse Chestnut trees side by side , similar in size and looking like they were planted at the same time, one is nearly in full leaf and one just starting to leaf it seems quite strange although I have noticed the same with the Oak tree avenue near Greenway Lane they appear to come into leaf at different times.

Horse Chestnut trees
Horse Chestnut trees

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