South Downs Bluebells
This year we’ve seen some pretty impressive displays of bluebells. I’ve been told that the wet winter and spring has helped to produce lots of healthy plants, and that the lack of rain over the last few weeks has created the perfect finish. Bluebells aren’t very sturdy plants, and the heavy showers that we might normally expect in April usually make them collapse.
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Please stay at home this weekend!
I’m sharing this video of Bepton Church and some little lambs to encourage people not to travel to the South Downs this weekend. Please stay at home and enjoy the view on YouTube instead!
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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!