The woodland paths in our local park have for weeks now been slippery and, at times, inches deep in mud but they had started to dry out. Note that I wrote "had"; we probably didn't have more than a shower or two during the night, but those paths are slippery again this morning. I have found that the fields up by the Chattri, and 39 Acres as well, have dried out nicely so yesterday I decided on a change of route. I drove out to the back of Falmer to take the footpath up towards Plumpton Plain and Lewes - one of my favourite walks. Unfortunately, that path was still extremely muddy in several places, not helped by the farmer driving his tractor over it as he flailed the hedgerows. What did surprise me was that the field on practically the top of the hill was almost like a bog. Given the height of the land comparative to its surroundings and the fact that the bedrock is permeable chalk with not a lot of soil on top, I did find this surprising.
What I found especially delightful was the sight and sound of a skylark, the first I have heard singing this year.
This is the view of St Mary's Farm from the approach to Balmer Down.