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June 2017

Waking early one morning I opened my bedroom window and was rewarded to hear ‘the dawn chorus’ there’s nothing more magical on a still morning, sun not up, listening to so many different bird songs, glorious.

On 13th May, I joined a group of walkers doing the annual Sandon Church walk. Before setting off I had a walk around the churchyard. A tree that stood out was a Davidia, or ‘Handkerchief Tree’ so named for its large white bracts hanging below the flower stalks. A rare tree and a magnificent specimen.

The walk runs first parallel to the A12 and is very noisy but once crossed and heading towards Danbury all becomes a pastoral delight. After an hour we arrive at a garden for coffee/tea and cake, which is much enjoyed. Another hour of walking and we arrive at the Cricketers in Danbury for our lunch stop. Now, well and truly full up, we set off to finish the next 4 miles. Walking through the woods a nightingale was heard.

What I like about this walk (apart from the food) is that it is all ages taking part and no moans from the youngsters and the countryside this time of year is stunning and the dogs had a good long walk too.

Have at last had the much needed rain, will it now know when to stop. – Maisie –