Today I visited John and Rosie Palmer’s land on the banks of the River Stour near Corfe Mullen. What a great day for a walk along the river.
The sun shone and although it was chilly it wasn’t one of those northerly winds that go straight through you. In fact at times it was quite warm!
The river looked gorgeous. John told me that it has risen by at least 7 feet in the last few days, and in parts it was starting to encroach on the meadows. The power of the water as it swirled past me was hypnotic. I could have watched it all day.
We walked along the river bank. I didn’t find any otter spraint, but did unfortunately find mink droppings. Mink have spread into most of our waterways, pushing our native mammals out. However, I’m pretty sure I will find otter spraint when the water recedes a bit. All the signs are good! We did see swans, egrets, herons a flock of starlings and some lovely fungi (as usual I have no idea what it is, but love the glossy look of it).
John and Rosie also showed me their wonderful wood pasture. These people really have a vision for the future. The little “Major” oak trees stand about 4-5ft high (many even smaller), but what a sight they will be in years to come. A little piece of Sherwood Forest in the heart of Dorset.
When the water has receded a bit I hope to go back for another look. Thank you John and Rosie for letting me share your little piece of paradise for a few hours!