SPRING

The first hardy campers appear in mid-March, perhaps triggered by light and heat, like the rest of creation.  The trees are still bare, and snow on the big hills over the sea give sparkle and drama to our incomparable view.   

The gorse is a riot of yellow.  Soon Lesser Celandines appear, followed by the Blackthorn and myriads of Primroses in the woods and banks.  The Wild Cherry or Gean is in blossom, and flowers, catkins and young leaves are an infinite variety, ending in the tender pale green of the beeches and the bronze of the Oaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The Swallows appear in early April, with the House Martins building at the hall by the bridge.  Seabirds nest by the shore, and you may see Hen Harriers quartering the ground for food for their young.  Young Otters appear, and hungry moles throw up the soil in search of food.  Red deer stags with velvet antlers still wander through the site. 

Traditionally, spring turned to summer on May Day, 01 May in the old Julian calendar, 12 May in the Gregorian calendar of today.  Here, spring lasts through to the end of May, the old Whitsun Bank Holiday.  By then the Hawthorn or may is in full bloom, Bluebells are in their glory, and Flag Irises are reigning in the bog. 

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