These first three photos came from an early morning walk with Keith, up the hill to stretch his legs. We've been going up there most days this week to improve on fitness.
The brown-black horse in the front is 21, but the chestnut only 5 and full of beans! After being made a fuss of by us, they headed into the next field and we heard the sound of much galloping!
I did a double-take the first time I saw this, as it is made of metal and quite large. I think the nearest thing to it is a European Black Woodpecker - here's a link to a post about it. I assume it is to scare other woodpeckers away - ones who might have ideas about pecking the telegraph pole, so they must have problems with this!
Just as we were climbing the hill, Tam and I were looking at the leaves of various wild flowers showing in the hedgerows and on the banks. We had just found some well-grown Aquilegia leaves, and were saying, it is going to be an early spring, when a man's voice from the garden above us agreed! I said, "Hello disembodied voice" and thus we met another - very friendly - neighbour. On each of our walks we have met a neighbour, and they are all really friendly. Can't wait until Lockdown is done with and things are safer again and we can get to know one another better.
All in all, another LOVELY day here, which ended with a fabulous evening chorus of birds - some of them unfamiliar to me. We are so fortunate.