For the second year running The Chip Walk, on the last Monday before Christmas, took place in snow. This year, however, it was much colder, –13 as I drove through Sandon on my way to the Chase. I claim no great accuracy for my car’s thermometer, but this is definitely the lowest figure ever seen on it.
|Sue, Alison, Mike, Francis, Brian (hiding) and Lee|
Starting from Milford, I noticed that Mike was not wearing shorts. He claimed to have considered the idea but, rather wimpishly, rejected it. We walked up the Heart of England way and onto the ridge above the Sherbrook Valley. The sheltered trees below the ridge were home to a substantial colony of large thrush-like birds identified by Francis and Brian as Redwing.
|Hoar frost, Cannock Chase|
|And up the other side|