Today began dull and grey, looked as though it was going to brighten and then turned even more dull and grey. I began the day with some fun photography in the garden. Our Bramley is a mass of blossom, despite a heavy prune earlier this Spring, and it looks wonderful. Deciding it was too good an opportunity to miss I cut a spray and took some snaps. The bonus with photographing plants like this is that the garden can be used like a studio: background chosen the right distance away to be out of focus and the plant placed in the best light. I also had a play with a paperweight with an azalea behind it. Later, thinking that the weather was picking up a bit, I made a dash for a couple of local bluebell woods. First a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve: Rigsby Wood near Alford which is supposed to be a bit of a showpiece for blue bells. I always find it disappointing, however, and hedging my bets called in at Beesby woods on the way home. Here there was a superb display and I was delighted to find the badger set very definitely active. A great treat, as I thought that it had been stopped up. Before leaving Rigsby, though, I took a picture of the cowslips which were in good condition.
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