a spring morning too beautiful to resist, mild milky sky and hazy sunshine, heavy dew.

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a tractor was out, sprinkling fertiliser on the beet

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two hares appeared in the wheat, saw me, and hunkered down, no longer visible.

there is an ash tree in flower in the scrubby wetland. it is a graceful medium sized tree with yellow lichen on its branches.

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the flowers are beautiful, green and purple fronds.

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more deer hoofprints, these are roe, they are 1 3/4″ long.

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(fallow prints are bigger, 2 1/2″). they go all the way up Cake’s lane, to a point where the deer seem to have been frightened. the prints go much deeper, as if the creature was “pronging” – bounding in the air as small deer often do when disturbed – and then they turn onto the field through a gap in the hedge. but other sets continue up the track. the deer seem to use this green road as a main street.

there is a wonderful amateur video on YouTube of a roe deer here . you can hear it bark right at the beginning of the film.

no deer this morning though

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at home again I opened up the kiln. the firing is a success. I will post again with pot pictures.

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