|Blickling Hall and the lake|
There's a wood alongside the lake at our starting point and I could hear chiffchaffs, long-tailed tits, nuthatches, mistle thrushes and jackdaws singing or calling from the oaks and beeches as we made our journey to Blickling Hall. The trees (mainly the beech trees) had graffiti carved into them. Initials and love hearts were all over the barks of some of these giants. Some of the carvings were dated mostly from the 1990's but one was dated as far back as the 1960's. The trees will heal these forced scarings eventually into swellings like a scab on human skin, but it does spoil the National Trust's image a little.
The loud series of notes of a song thrush and the sight of a treecreeper spiraling up a tree greeted us as we reached the 17th centuary building of the hall. After a short rest, the three of us concluded our walk by walking along the other half of the lake. More treecreepers, chiffchaffs, mistle thrushes and nuthatches were heard as well as a few goldcrests.