The rain held off and we finally made it to Box Hill to begin building our walking stamina for Crete in April. A combination of the 'Short Walk' and 'Nature Walk' brought us to my favourite bit of chalk grassland with views over the ridge we'd puffed up and distant vistas of Surrey vines.
This spot has provided inspiration for a couple of Journal Quilts - in March 2005, and later in the season October 2008.
Although I'd brought sketching materials, it was too cold to draw so concentrated on taking photos.
A few whimsical like the Tower with a quiff and the moss bird
But mainly rather blurry closeups of textures and shapes (the light levels were low)
I loved the white swirls of old-mans beard against the dark branches.
Then cheeks glowing back to London for a £6.95 veggie curry buffet at Ravi Shanker's on Drummond Street. Now I'm ready for a bath and early night.