this morning was sparkling with frost and a bright blue sky. we went out early and avoided the snow and sleet which arrived a couple of hours later.

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the sun on our backs gave us giant shadows across the stubble and the leaves sparkled and crunched underfoot.

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in Cakes Lane we met the owner of the old water meadow; he was attempting to clear the ditch which has backed up all the way down to the road and is flooding his rape field. we had a conversation about the barn owl I saw on Saturday. it had flown up into a tree by Sunday, so perhaps there is hope for it.  and there were hobbies nesting in the wood last year, they raised one youngster. I must look out for them next year.