The sun was so bright and inviting that Toby and I just had to abandon our walk in the wood for a walk along the old railway line.
Normally Toby doesn't wear a lead, but as we had to walk along the road for a hundred yards, I nipped inside for one, remembered the camera and off we set.
Toby positively pranced along the road in his delight, and I must admit the cold clean air and sunshine combined to make me feel quite excited too.
We turned off the road and into the field, with the Byre to our right and the railway line on the left. The barley looked spring-like in the sunshine so I whipped out the camera, only to find that I hadn't taken my specs - so I could only 'point and click', hoping for the best.
The railway line was opened in 1848 as part of the East Lincolnshire Railway which ran between Grimsby and Boston. It was closed in 1961.
Farmer T, who owns this stretch of it is perfectly happy for people to walk along it, with or without dogs. Once a year he allows the Banovallum Motorbike Club to race along it. See Aby Enduro.
As a result of the many years this event has taken place the surface of the old line now undulates quite a lot - great for the calf muscles.
It is a peaceful, quiet walk. The only sounds are of pheasants and rabbits as they scuttle away through the undergrowth. Our section of the line ends with a lovely view to the right
and this is to the left
with another section of line straight ahead.
Enough for today though, we turned for home.
As ever, I couldn't help but ponder over the countless numbers of people, including royalty, who have travelled along this very line...
All too soon (for Toby, anyway) we were back home.
As the light began to drain out of the day, the sun sank below the trees, it was time to put on the lamps, light the stove and have a cup of tea and a snack.