Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Glorious Dorset

I feel guilty saying this as a northerner, but Dorset on a warm spring day is absolutely stunning (is this why I had holiday here once I was old enough to be let out on my own?) The drive over the Chalk escarpment from Sturminster Newton to Dorchester gives just stunning views across miles and miles of rolling hills. Not dramatic like Scotland or the Dolomites, just breathtaking in its tamed beauty, as with exploration every valley has a picture perfect thatched cottage village of England. And so nice to have a day not wearing a coat. I tried to take a photo, but it just doesn't do it justice.

Nothing too much to report, except a Sparrowhawk near Cerne Abbas, and a Little Egret at Piddlehinton, The snowdrops are however staggering, every roadside is in flower, and with the daffodils, celendines and speedwells, a real feel of bright and new colour in the countryside at last. And speaking of colour, aren't pheasant's fabulous? Stupid but that glorious the sheen in sunlight is just amazing, every colour of the rainbow.... I nearly ran this one over !!

And to cap it all, first cut of the lawn this afternoon, 2 weeks earlier than 2007. I promise too that I'll revert fully to wildlife on this blog from now. Save to say I've revamped my links and have added a seperate link to my art blog above my picture, should anyone be interested in seeing my paintings.

1 comment:

  1. So you have flowers everywhere and you've cut your lawn...sigh!! The pheasant is beautiful. We don't have them in this province but they are in other parts of the country. Very colourful indeed.