I was going to start with a mini-rant about the mind-numbing
over-use of superlatives by some (Zoe Ball springs to mind) when describing something that was anything but amazing and was at best pretty average. Oh I have started ranting......legend! Not everything that happens has to be astounding sometimes things are simply nice.
So there you have it, we had a nice saunter around Keyhaven Marshes at the weekend, joining the other hords who were out braving a sharp northerly wind. It was bloomin' cold, I may have to rethink about getting the shorts out so early this year. However, we did come across some enjoyable bits and bobs as we went along: a splendid summer plumaged spotted redshank, our first swallow of the year and green-winged orchids, all to a background chorus of 'eeowing' Mediterranean Gulls.
Returning home, we stopped by a wooded swampy stretch of the Lymington River, home at this time of year to a splendid display of summer snowflakes. Growing in suitable habitat and being of the sub-species Leucojum aestivum ssp.aestivum, these have the best of credentials for being native plants. A few other spring flowers were noted: common dog-violet, golden saxifrage, bluebells, primroses and a confiding orange tip butterfly - awesome!
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