A present this morning by the flats on Greenoak Road - the first crocuses emerge from under the melting. The rooks are starting to mend their nests.
We climb up to Holmesfield and along to the field above Hob Lane.
Hob Lane is part of the ancient track running from Dore (Hillfoot), to Totley Lane, Woodthorpe, Holmesfield, Millthorpe, and south to Rumbling Street (a reputedly Roman Road so named from the ancient carts that used to rumble along it).
Holly and earthy oak leaves line it.
We slither back via Fanshawegate into Gillfield Wood. Only the odd jackdaw chips at the silence.