Lazy Water Strider

Water Strider Taking a BreakIt's a water strider - I didn't do a full work up

Unexpected Woodland Dangers

I had a wander along a bit of the Lea valley (with obligatory stops at any pubs I passed).  This little chap seemed particularly unconcerned by my presence:

Squirrel in Hawthorn

A Squirrel, in a hawthorn, eating

This gratuitously cute picture allows me to tangent onto one major danger of walking in woodland (or indeed under any tree) – a danger never talked about in schools, or wildlife books (Although, it’s fair to say that Newton’s Principia directly implies it).

I refer, or course, to:

Squirrel Pee

Do you really want a full and frank description of squirrel urine on leaf? ReallY?

No, they don’t always go on the ground. And that stream narrowly missed me.

Windmill Near Lewes

The most recent time I was visiting the Mother-in-Law, I took her dog out for a walk.  The dog is getting on in years; he used to enjoy long danders* over the South Downs, now he’s happy to get to the top of the closest hill.  The top of the closest hill just happens to have a windmill built in the last few years.

Windmill Near LewesA windmill against a dramatic and cloudy sky.

Long time followers of this blog may have seen this windmill before; although last time it wasn’t the subject (and the sky was a bit flatter).

* Norn Irish for a stroll or walk; much less energetic than a yomp.

Brush on Coffee Table

Cat Brush on Coffee Table

A cat brush with a magenta handle, white head and flexile wire bristles on a dark wood coffee table

St Albans Cathedral

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

A view of St Albans Cathedral from the west of northwest