walking at Morston continues to be a joy; low tides and low rainfall leave the mudholes and sticky black paths dried out and passable in sandals. the patterns of the cracked mud are dramatic.

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as soon as we walk onto the marsh pairs of redshank mob us with their harsh calls.

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they fly low and land close by, but the dogs ignore them.

towards the end of this week the air has been hazy with a strong east wind; the marsh shines silvery as the grasses all bend away from the wind.

I have discovered the pretty white star flower I found is not chickweed but greater stitchwort. I pulled some out of the hedgerow and checked it in my book. (by the way, Flora Brittanica is useles as a reference book, I am very disappointed with it. I have been using an elderly readers digest “Britain’s Wildlife” complete spotter’s guide)

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Stellaria Holostea. and very starry it is.

in my garden all sorts of things are flowering. this is guelder rose, a common hedge shrub, with large red berries. it is poisonous.

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I have a wild flower garden and I planted a lot of native shrubs seven years ago. the dog roses have become enormous with their looping habit of growth.

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and the meadow itself; it is not at full blast yet, it needs some rain and a few more weeks growth, then there will be red poppies and yellow rattle as well as the big daisies. maybe some other things as well – yarrow, wild carrot, cornflower, ragged robin ……

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today in the rain, rounding the edge of the wood, I found a roe deer doe outside the wood, munching on the small hawthorn trees. Tilda let out a squeal of frustration, and the doe looked round, as if in curiosity, she didn’t seem frightened. another doe, clearly visible in the wood, cracked a stick underfoot and slipped off into the trees. I was just fumbling with holding onto both dogs and trying to get my camera out when Tilda barked, and the spell was broken.