A Sunday afternoon walk

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We went on one of our favourite walks this afternoon. Through the woods delicately scented with yellow azalea and with bluebells still fresh after last night’s rain. We climbed the steep escarpment up to the North Downs ridge stopping frequently to admire the view. At our feet the short springy turf was flowering with blue speedwell and we spotted a male Adonis Blue butterfly. We may also have seen his brown female companion but as she did not settle we cannot be sure. At the top we found a place to picnic and watched a bird of prey swoop, hover and ride the wind. Along the wooded ridge we could smell the rape before we could see it. A steep descent to the fields below and back through the woods to our starting point.

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