Where to fish near Midhurst
Here’s a great little fishing hole right in the middle of Midhurst. It’s one of my favourite places to go with my children – my boys fish the pond, hauling in the minnows and I sit there capturing the evening sunshine and untangling fishing line!
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Ever get the feeling that someone or something is watching you???
I was pottering around the garden today and I had a funny feeling that I was being watched…
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Sunrise over The South Downs
Here’s the view at 7 o’clock this morning over the Rother Valley near Midhurst. The South Downs stretching off into the distance – and all set to be the warmest day of the year so far!
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Andy Goldsworthy’s Chalk Stone Trail
How about this for an Easter Egg Hunt?
With the sun shining over the Easter weekend we headed off along Andy Goldsworthy’s Chalk Stone Trail from Cocking Down to West Dean in The South Downs National Park.
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A Poisonous Weever Fish at Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
We were sea fishing at the weekend in Bournemouth when we pulled in a small creature known as a Weever Fish.
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Agricultural Fleece on Fields in West Sussex
My son Nathan described the field as ‘a giants bed’ because viewed from a distance it looks like a huge stripey bed-sheet. I love the fact that children see things that grown-ups pass by!
Fleece is used in farming to protect crops from frost and cold temperatures. It stops young plants from getting ‘bitten’ by frost, and keeps soil temperatures up during the daytime when the sun shines.
The Shepherd’s Church, Didling
St Andrew’s Church, Didling, West Sussex. Didling Church (also known as The Shepherd’s Church) sits alone on the side of The South Downs in West Sussex. Dating back to the 13th Century the church has changed very little in centuries.
Here are a few photos:
An abandoned Pheasant egg found on the lawn
The strangest thing happened at Easter with an unexpected egg. Mrs Pheasant wandered across our lawn at the back of the house and dropped an egg on the grass! The children were fascinated – they warmed the egg in front of the fire to see if it would hatch… It didn’t!
This terrifying beast creeps around our house at night. She’s hairy and enormous. She lives behind the bath, terrorising our small children and eating cats. Yes, whole cats. She also ate her husband. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid…
I believe this spider is a female Walnut Orb Weaver. The oak leaf pattern on her back is common to Walnut Orb Weavers, but they come in lots of different shades and colourings so I’m guessing the species rather than speaking with knowledge. Like most people I’m not a huge fan of spiders!
A flower named after the Cuckoo, and here’s why
The verges are frothing with Cuckoo Flower this week. It’s a great example of a plant that’s flowering earlier than it did in centuries gone by. It’s named after the Cuckoo but its feathered namesake won’t arrive in the UK for at least another three weeks – in times gone by the plant and the bird appeared at the same time.
By the way, Cuckoo Flower (or Lady’s Smock) is said to be sacred to the fairies! If you pick the flowers and take them home you’ll be in for bad luck! Oooh err!