Sea SwallowThursday 11th May 2000
WE TAKE OUR FIRST LONG WALK since returning from holiday. Broad Buckler Fern has unfurled and now forms big green shuttlecocks on the shady bank alongside Deadman's Lane. Bluebells are at their peak in the woodland walk along the edge of Thornhill Park. The Horse Chestnuts are covered with 'candles' of white blossom.
A red damselfly flies by the towpath. St Mark's Flies are still about.
We try two more forms of protection against the visiting hens; a chicken wire cloche over the next two rows of onion sets and a cat's cradle of nylon string between short lengths of garden cane around our Broad Bean plants.