Man O'WarFriday 21st April 2000
A Willow Warbler sings from a hedge by the canal bridge. Two Mistle Thrushes perch above on a power line pole. Behind them the grey clouds of a recent downpour are heading away into the north east. They've got a soft focus look to them. They hang like flounces of gauze.
There's not enough breeze to stir the canal but a discarded 2 litre plastic beer bottle glides across the surface, like the float of a Portuguese Man-of-War.
Sycamore buds are opening to reveal the heads of blossom, which are still tightly fused, like florets of broccoli. A lot of the red blossom-heads of Ash have been knocked down by the rain.