yesterday I walked to Bullfer Grove and was surprised and pleased to find the bluebells already in flower.

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in the little quartered wood at the top of our road too, and the lane below Bullfer they are out …. last week it was the primroses …

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a comma on the path beside the wood. I counted four orange tips on the lane in Sharrington, a spotted wood on our lane, and one in Bullfer grove, and a peacock in Bale.

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glimpses of bluebells walking up beside the grove

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a thrush singing intermittently

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chiffchaff too

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no scent, they are hardly open yet

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but lots of colour

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a blackcap warbling

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new leaves

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ferns with bright sprays unfurling

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early purple orchids in their accustomed place

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a view of yellow rape fields through the trees

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how long before the beeches have their leaves on?

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tall wild cherries in blossom all along the edge of the grove

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then back to Bale, dodging holiday traffic across the A148, the Loke starred with celandines

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while there are no leaves on the trees it is quite green underfoot

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back in the village the ornamental cherries are supreme

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lushy pink

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and hello, is this a dye plant? if it is berberis darwiniensis then I may take a harvest later (with permission of course)

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definitely a dye plant – quercus ilex

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our beautiful spinney where once the pagan Bale Oak stood, sheltering flocks of sheep, herds of pigs, and a cobbler and his family …

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though five trees have been severely pollarded and the rest are under suspended sentence, as the National Trust has insurance and  responsibility  issues; one bough broke off and left a huge dent in the road a few years ago.

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between them the grass is spotted with violets, almost the same blue as the bluebells.