1st December 2011. Have just come back from my twice weekly walk with Henry up on Henlake Down, which is just behind our house and a lovely experience. After walking up on this Down for over two years, I was lucky enough to come extremely close to a deer. I have been told they are up there, but I have never seen one, but today was my lucky day. Henry and I were just meandering through the heavily overgrown ferns (although they are now brown and dying back) on a little path, when I thought I saw a dog up in front of us. I realised that as we got closer it and it started springing over the ferns with white fur under its little tail, that it was in fact a deer. It was very pretty and as we carried on walking it jumped over the ferns away from us. It was such a shame that I do not have an all singing and dancing mobile phone which includes a camera, but I only have a very old phone that it is just basically a phone and therefore was unable to capture the moment.
I was however so excited, that I telephoned Steve (my husband) who was at a silver auction, probably not the best thing to do, but I had to tell someone!!! He does sometimes join Henry and I on our walks, and he does have a mobile phone which has a camera, but unfortunately today he was otherwise engaged – what a shame. I doubt whether I will see one again.
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Deer in the Ferns, Spotted One at Last