... and the living is easy.
The living was certainly very easy this morning as we took a very warm walk around the lakes of Straw's Bridge. Several families of Mallards were sunning themselves around the water's edge. This proud mother has succeeded in raising her brood of nine youngsters to adulthood. all look large enough to look after themselves - indeed, they;re all bigger than their mother - but, like most youngsters, they seem reluctant to leave the security of their mum's side.
Cirsium vulgare) have started to open in the sunshine and there are few more delightful to look at.