I came across a sight I've not seen on my travels for some time and that was an early purple orchid, only the two standing alone, I've not seen these for quite sometime now so it was nice to see them again.
The cowslips were also out in force and showing off all there glory
I have to say this year the wild flowers seem to be out in abundance over previous years, the wild primulas are thriving and can be seen in nearly every wood, the cowslips are showing more this year and the bluebells are just not quite there in this wood, some still in bud but another few days and bluebell wood will be a nice sea of colour.
I sat and watched over another shaded pool and seen some insect life finally lifting in the way of a few olives, but not in any numbers and nothing was moving for them, after 10 minutes of not seeing anything I decided to give a cast anyway and see if I could entice a rise, On the 4th or 5th cast up popped this wee fella.
The red spots a bit more prominent than the last fish with a lovely buttery yellow belly.
I had reached where I wanted to be and the sun was high in the sky & it was hot, so a lay down on the grass banking for a few moments and something to eat was a welcome relief for my knees which were now aching.
I started surveying the pool which was close by when a couple of inquisitive visitors strolled over and started grazing close by.
I saw a couple of small fish rise at the head of the pool in the faster water so got into position and had a few casts at them, twice I missed as they came up at lightning speed and rolled on the fly before finally connecting with one of them.
I stopped for a few breathers on the way back upstream, it was nice to just sit in the shade and watch the yellow wagtails almost hover taking flies on an overhanging tree, and the bullfinches hopping from branch to branch.