Leap Day Walkabout

Another glorious day, and it felt a bit like spring, with bright sunshine, crocuses breaking through, and farmers busily preparing their fields. The ground on the Kingley Vale walk was nicely firm and mostly dry, a welcome change after weeks of wet weather.

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Ploughing – above.

Muck spreading – below. (Chichester Cathedral spire poking up in the background).

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I love the brightly coloured machines against the textures of the countryside, with steam from the manure rising in the morning air.

This walk is all about the up- and downhills, but I saw St Mary’s Stoughton in the distance and decided to take a closer look at this Saxon church dating back to c1050.

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In the village another walker met me by the little bridge, commenting on how few people were out walking on such a brilliant morning.

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I had the church all to myself and spent a few minutes in reflection.

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On the way up the hill I stopped for lunch at the memorial to the Polish pilot who died in this field when his plane was shot down during WWII.

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In the skies above today there were no war planes, only two buzzards gliding peacefully through the still air.