an early walk this morning at seven.

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beautiful satin blue and rippled white sky looking west, and overhead.

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to the east an incursion of grey cloud with bars of light from the low sun

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although this walk is all on tarmac and its a march nearly all the way to the next village and march back again, with T on the lead, type of hike, I love it for the views.

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the road swoops up and down; from the highest point there are glimpses of the sea, and coastal villages, misty today, the sea a mere smudge of hazy grey blue.

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a small valley begins here, water running off the gravel ridge, and makes a crease in the landscape, holding patches of ragged woodland and wet grassland between the fields of barley and wheat.

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I often see the roe deer from the shelter of these hedges, and the blackberrying is fantastic.

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everything has been trimmed back recently, there are no wild flowers to speak of; but I did see a yellowhammer yesterday.

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big ash and oak trees stand in the hedgerows.

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the verges are wide – plenty of room to avoid the quite frequent cars – and yesterday a huge lorry.

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this morning Tilda caught a rabbit with myxomatosis; luckily she had it by the neck and killed it quickly. there is a plague of rabbits at the moment, I suppose the disease is encouraged by overpopulation.

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