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It rained heavily today until late afternoon. Having been cooped up with my accounts all day I decided to go for a walk. I had pulled a muscle in my back so I walked slowly and quietly around the patch. I spotted a kestrel on the transmission wires in the paddock and tried to get up close to take a photo but he flew away before I could get near him. As I reached the far side of the paddock I startled a deer who was lying in the long grass. He bounded away to the far fence, too fast to get a photo, and hopped through the rails before ducking under the gate into the woods. I decided to stalk him through the woods but, not surprisingly, he was better at hiding than I was a finding. Because of the rain there was a lot of surface water, the spring line was almost on the path adjacent to he paddock and on the south side the water was actually flowing and forming large pools, something that doesn’t happen very often. There was a thick green carpet of new ground cover everywhere with occasional patches of blue and white bells and other flowers. Emerging from the woods I spotted a fox with a large bushy tail and nose to the ground tracking down rabbits I guess. I spent some time by the lake watching the goslings paddle across the pond. Not a bad wildlife tally for a 30 minute walk in my garden.