The last couple of days we have spent walking on the South Downs. For those not familiar with these Downs, they are a range of chalk hills that extends for about 260 square miles (670 km2) across the south-eastern coastal counties of England and we are lucky enough to have some of them within a 10 minute car ride.
We thought we'd better get walking again now as when the Summer arrives it is always too hot for us.
The first thing that hit us was the noise of all the crows busily making their nests
Climbing the hill and looking back we could just see the village of Saddlescombe through the trees.
All of these chalk hills have recently been taken over by the National Trust and nice new sign posts have appeared.
A patch of wild violets.
Lots of Gorse in flower, a sure sign that Spring is here.
Tom marching on ahead unaware that I am sneakily taking his picture.
Walking pole in hand (thank goodness for walking poles, they are wonderful )
This log was a welcome sight I can tell you, it is obviously well used as it was smooth and shiny on the top.
One of the beautiful views down a valley.
As we ended our walk we passed through the village and there on the far side of the field was a donkey wheel sheltered inside a little hut, next time I must take a closer look but by this time we were pooped.....