The colours everywhere in the woodland are bright and clean today. The range of green tones are exceptional and this year the yellow archangel flowers add a speckled pattern across the woodland floor. The warmth of the air seems to encourage speedy growth and ferns are opening like slow motion explosions. I spent the morning working with John on a very boggy patch along a pathway. My job was to gather stones from a nearby river bed to help drain the bog, it was a treat to be ankle deep in gently running water all morning, listening to the sound of the leaves in the canopy above. A sound not heard since autumn.