Spring is my favourite time of the year. A hive of activity; flowers bursting into bloom, wildlife emerging and undertaking preparations and warmer, sunnier days. One of my favourite poets John Clare sums up Spring in his sonnet; On a Lane in Spring:
A Little Lane, the brook runs close beside
And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly by
And hedges leafing with the green spring tide
From out their greenery the old birds fly
And chirp and whistle in the morning sun
The pilewort glitters ‘neath the pale blue sky
The little robin has its nest begun
And grass green linnets round the bushes fly
How Mild the Spring Comes in; the daisy buds
Lift up their golden blossoms to the sky
How lovely are the pingles and the woods
Here a beetle runs; and there a fly
Rests on the Arum leaf in bottle green
And all the Spring in this Sweet lane is seen.
After numerous people fussing Ben, taking lots of photos; it was time for a rest (and tea and cake!) Ben had his water and a few of his homemade breakfast bites which are the perfect snack for your dog when on the go and I had a deliciously moist carrot cake; although I was tempted by the big, chewy cookies. The Coach House Café offers a lovely range of refreshments, hot and cold food and a wonderful display of sweet treats. Dogs are not allowed inside the Coach House Café but there is an outside seating area with huge picnic tables and views of the Abbey.