...so far, although black clouds on the horizon suggest it is only temporary. TFE says that he always knows when it is a nice day because I do a post about it - so here is another one for you TFE! If you read yesterday's comments you will find that he has given a foolproof way of finding the crock of gold from one of the "little people"; I am keeping my eye open for one each time I pass Toadstool Town under the scots pines.
It was a trip to Tesco morning, always a pleasure as the drive is such a lovely one and only six or seven miles. It started well as I drove out of the gate on to the lane - there in front of me was a deer. It was taking dainty steps up the centre of the lane and I drove very slowly behind it for two or three hundred yards when suddenly, over the brow of a little hill, a lady with two dogs came into view. The deer stopped. I stopped. There was a moment of indecision and then, light as air the deer turned sideways, cleared a five barred gate with ease, and trotted off down the field. What a joy, and it set the tone for the whole journey.
Once up on the top road the view across the Vale of York was like a Sisley painting - muted colours, trees in heavy mist, slight rainbow colours where the sun touched, Then a moment later the sight of a Black Grouse perched incongruously in a silver birch tree, pecking at the buds.
All that in the space of a couple of miles, and I never thought to take my camera.
It wasn't finished yet. A few hundred yards on and there was a Sparrow Hawk perched on the topmost branch of a tree, the sun catching his foliage (think it was a male as it was quite small and the female is larger) looking majestic. And within a short distance a kestrel hovering over some small, unsuspecting prey below.
Calling in on a friend after the Tesco visit, she told me I had just missed seeing a Bullfinch in her garden - that would have been an extra treat. Shortly afterwards a jay landed under some oak trees outside her house, looking for acorns no doubt.
Sorry I haven't got a single photograph of any of these events, but I can assure you that they are imprinted on my mind - to see so much in such a short journey. Tess and I have just been down the lane for our walk and the only thing we spotted were the nine pheasants who seem to spend all day round the feed trough for the heifers. When they hear us coming they scuttle off into the hedge bottom - wait quietly behind a bush and within a couple of minutes they are back.
As I predicted, in the time it has taken me to type this post the sky has clouded in and rain is falling - fine, gentle rain at present but enough to go outside and fetch in the washing from the clothes line. Have a nice day- must rush........