Sunday, 18 April 2010

Swyncombe and Ewelme

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.

Blackthorn blossom

Swyncombe has a delightful small church dating back a thousand years with a fine apse, rood screen and Norman font.

Swyncombe Church Apse

It has some attractive stained glass too.

Swyncombe Church Window

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.

Speedwell

Spring was not yet in evidence in the tall beech trees.

Swyncombe park

Wood Sorrel was probably the loveliest small flower in the woods.

Wood Sorrel flower

The area of chalk downs has Spring colour developing in the hedgerows.

Swyncombe downs

We passed through a field of rapeseed still in bud.

Rapeseed

At a fine stately home called Ewelme Park was a suitably stately strutting peacock, that failed to open its tail feathers.

Peacock

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.

Two spot ladybird

Back to Swyncombe House and the parkland had many sheep with twin lambs.

Twin lambs

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