A distant Silbury Hill, the little hill almost centre of the photo, with the sun shining on the River Kennet.
I have felt unwell since January, with the wretched virus and cough that has been doing the rounds. I ventured out last week, not to walk, but to meet my walking group friends at the "Red Lion" in Avebury, for our weekly communal lunch. The sun shone, but is was sooo cold, and was not easy to relax without wearing layers of clothing and a warm hat.
The River Kennet here is a winterbourne, meaning it only flows with water during the winter months. It was good to see it so full, as because of increased water extraction, there have been times when the river bed has been dry for several months at a time. During a recent drought, it remained dry for a couple of years, much to the consternation of the local residents, who felt that too much water was extracted for the large town of nearby Swindon.
Crocuses line each side of the track approaching the large barn and museum at Avebury.
The thatched roofed "Red Lion" at Avebury, our much loved hostlery.
The pub has recently changed hands, but is serving the same menu as the previous manager, who was an excellent "mine host." His wife and her family owned a local farm, and when she had her baby, he left the pub for father´s duties and to help run the farm.