Well, it sounds like a good title for a village inn.
I need to brush the dust off this blog. Again. Call it a spring cleaning, since the unseasonably mild weather seems to have England in its grip. It has woken up the hedgehogs.
As well as early flowers such as violets and lesser celandine, but that’s for another post. This one is full of that chubby little deer with a face of a teddy and the teeth of a tiger.
Chinese water deer are, of course, not native to the Norfolk Broads, but unlike our other introduced deer such as fallow and muntjac, are not considered to be invasive. They graze in tough marshy habitats and do little harm. They are not, strictly speaking, social; you see them dotted along the marsh, like so many readers in a library trying to pretend that they are alone.
But one of these deer had acquired a companion. See it lurking by the reeds?
Brown hares are rather big, and water deer are rather small, and seeing them together emphasises that point.
It looks like 10c will be shaved off our temperatures next week. Perhaps then the dusk light can stop pretending that it is summer.