This photo, taken again from Brick Kiln Hill, looking west illustrates the general layout. In the Ash valley, below the hedge, is the river and Ford cottages as shown on previous photo. The row of cottages marked, including our house is Chapel Lane cottages. These are a row of 7 Georgian buildings, the first three being the old bakery. To the left are the newer properties. Further up the hill, Home Farm and adjoining barn conversions can be seen. The roof of the chapel is just visible beyond the hedge in the centre.
A few damp minutes in the garden this morning produced the first drumming Great Spotted woodpecker of the year. This was heard to the north of the ford near the footpath. Frequent drumming, each one lasting less than a second, is a territorial sound. The lesser spotted woodpecker also drums, frequently making a very similar sound but usually they drum for more than a second. The sound can carry for over half a mile if the bird has selected the best resonant tree. This one certainly had.