Bright and sunny, though still a bit chilly, today, so off we went to Hamsterley Forest for one of our regular walks.
This tree looked as if it was draped with velvet -
- and this plant growing strongly beside the path surprised us -
I think it's skunk cabbage, but it's not listed in my usual handbook of British wild flowers, so I'm not really sure.
Down by the river, many of the trees have had the ground eroded away from around their roots -
The river itself was quiet today, as was the Forest - we saw only a few people, and those mostly in the car park.