It was very comfortable on the common. But, it was time to move on. Tacked down and all onboard, I pulled off and headed back the way we had come. At the end of the road, I turned left to continue on. In a few minutes, I pulled off of the road again and settled onto a wide verge opposite a farm with a sizeable duck pond.
Down the side of the pond, steps lead down
pass the pond, marking the start of my walk.
The path lead pass the farmhouse and some old sheds.
Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil
The path leads up to a field of Wheat
Spent flowers of Hawthorn
Bee in Foxglove
Hedge of Ash
Soon, I was in the woods.
Very young Holly
I then passed by a field,
before entering a forest of Scots Pine.
Queen Anne’s Thistle
I eventually reached Shillinglee Lake. With all the hot dry weather of late, the lake was almost dry.
There are a number of properties that look out over the lake.
Onwards, I passed by another old building,
a roofless, doorless building with a derelict machine wheel
and the carcass of a small barn.
St. John’s Wort
I reached a point, just before entering more woodland where there were a lot of Blue Damselflies.
Very young Birch
The footpath continued through Bracken,
then Stinging Nettles.
It was incredibly busy with an array of butterflies. Sadly, I couldn’t get any photographs.
Just beyond, I was startled by a buzzard as it took off from the undergrowth. It happened so suddenly that I couldn’t get a decent photo.
Common Spotted Orchid
Finally, I came out back on Piper’s Lane, where I could see Black Down in the distance.
There was a lot of Broad-leaf Dock along the hedge.
Very soon, I was in sight of home.
That evening, I was treated to a lovely sunset.
It was very peaceful there. The road was even quieter than the common at Ebernoe. It was easy to forget that there is a world of hustle and bustle; of noise and the constant rat-race.
I can’t help but notice that this entry in particular has an awful lot of photos. Do you think that it’s too many? Please let me know how you are enjoying the blog, or not. It’s always good to receive feedback, good and bad. It’s a good guide! To be fair though, there was an awful lot to take photos of! Would you believe that what you have here was whittled down from over 170 shots!