Another opportunity to get out in the Spring sunshine, this time to a favourite spot to the north west of Nettlebed. Blackthorn is now probably at its best and will be gone in a week's time.
Swyncombe has a delightful small church dating back a thousand years with a fine apse, rood screen and Norman font.
It has some attractive stained glass too.
Speedwell was growing in the fields leading down from the downs. I think it must be Common Field Speedwell, in this case somewhat darker blue than usual.
Spring was not yet in evidence in the tall beech trees.
Wood Sorrel was probably the loveliest small flower in the woods.
The area of chalk downs has Spring colour developing in the hedgerows.
We passed through a field of rapeseed still in bud.
At a fine stately home called Ewelme Park was a suitably stately strutting peacock, that failed to open its tail feathers.
Near the end of walk on tree bark were a number of dark, two spotted ladybirds, but as usual when I came to confirm identification I wonder, is it the black form of the two spot or the kidney spot ladybird. Too small I think to be the dreaded Harlequin.
Back to Swyncombe House and the parkland had many sheep with twin lambs.