Just as I turned that corner there was a lovely old apple orchard on my left where there were several Fieldfares, Redwings and other Thrushes feeding on the windfall apples.Carrying on westwards to the small hamlet of Godney, this church caught my eye. I bet it looked very interesting from the inside, but I didn't have time to pop in to take a look.At the church, I followed the road round a sharp left hand bend and walked south towards the rhyne (at the bottom of the first map). There were some lovely pollarded Willows along this stretch of road and as you can see from the following photos below, I couldn't resist taking some shots of these!
These next two were taken along the same stretch of road, but just into the sun which gives a totally different feel to the shots.
This photo below was taken looking west along the large rhyne at the bottom of the first map (number 8 on the Google map). If you click to enlarge this photo, you will see that there are four Grey Herons standing on the banks here.The fields on this section of the walk were slightly lower lying than the rest of my survey area and therefore had flooded in the recent rains which made for picturesque scenery.If there had been much more rain, the roads would have been flooded too and I wouldn't have been able to do the survey on this particular day.At this point, I followed the footpath shown in the first map running east along the left hand side of the rhyne.Walking along this path, as I looked right, there was a lovely view of Glastonbury Tor which dominates the surrounding flat Somerset Levels landscape.Here's another view of the Tor, but with some lovely wind sculpted trees in the foreground.As I walked along the path, I became aware that ahead of me was a field of cows. Now those of you familiar with my blog know that cows and me don't mix too well, specially on bird survey walks! However, I had no choice but to carry on past these beasties. If you click on this photo, you will see in the distance, on the right hand side, one black and white cow ahead, quite close to the edge of the field and the rhyne.As I approached, this massive madam didn't seem to want to budge out of my way. I could see a confrontation coming......... so, after gritting my teeth, I forged ahead, pretending that I didn't care whether this bovine bulk was blocking my path to freedom. I know Roy will think I'm a right woose (-:, but I think cows can be quite unpredictable. Anyway....................in the end the puny human bird surveyer prevailed and Doris gave way and was able to get back to her grass munching.My troubles weren't over yet though.......if you check back at the first map, you will see that where the rhyne does a sharp bend to the right, there is a track showing which runs north back towards the village and the end of my survey. Well, the stark fact was, that it wasn't there! No track or at least if it was there, it was under a few feet of water! I was stuck! I didn't want to back track all the way round again, it was a long way, and I was quite weary by this time. The surrounding fields all looked like the one shown below, pretty flooded, but I decided that I had to try and walk along the edge of these fields to get back to the village (from number 10 to 11 on the Googe map). I had waterproof boots on, but they were only ankle high. Well, it wasn't too bad for most of the time, if a bit squishy, but when I got to towards the gate in the field near to the village, the water was alot deeper. I looked around to see if there was any other way to get out of that field, but there wasn't, so I had to grit my teeth again and just walk quickly through that water to the gate. It was up to my knees! The walk back to my car (on the left of this photo) was very wet and squelchy and cold, nevertheless, I really did enjoy this survey and look forward to the second winter walk. Maybe for the spring/summer ones, it will be a wee bit drier! (-: