We walked out from the trees onto the chalk grassland and it took my breath away. I couldn't believe how alive it felt and how much had changed since we were last there a couple of weeks ago. The slopes were covered in flowering grasses, buttercups, ox-eye daisies, fuzzy hoary plantain and speedwell. I even found a few scabious in flower. It was really lovely.
Common blue butterflies were flittering around everywhere and literally hundreds of garden chafers were buzzing around the flowers. I saw cardinal beetles, crane flies, lots of bees and I could hear, but not see, the chirping grasshoppers. Everything seemed to be loving a bit of sunshine!
We paused at the top of the hill to admire the wonderful view, then headed back home, very glad that we'd found the time to get out there!