It's Monday and I 've just dodged the showers and been for a walk in Hatfield Forest. The sun shone but the ground was very wet. We followed a mistle thrush through the trees, heard a woodpecker and while drinking our coffee watched the swallows skim over the lake.
It was heartening to see how many people were out for the morning many with dogs. There is a real sense of community amongst the dog owners and open and cheerful greetings and conversations.
I was surprise at how much had changed at the forest as I haven't been there for a while. They are opening out the ground cover and removing a lot of the scrub. This gives a heathland feel to some of it at the moment and it will be interesting to see what grows up in the newly cleared areas.
I was also impressed by the long overdue yellow lines along the road. At £4.60 to get in, membership of the National trust seems a bit more reasonable. Or even better a walk down the Flitch Way or even a cycle. But dodging showers and a general spring weariness saw us going in the car.