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Cloud swept in quickly after a most promising start. I took Basil out with me for a walk over the fields from Zouch towards Sutton Bonington.

Much of this land is flood plain. Nottingham University's School of Agriculture farms a large area and has created a 48.6 acre Diamond Wood next to the River Soar. Many of the trees are able to tolerate a high water table although other native species have been planted too.

We were out for two hours. Basil indulged in mad running while I loped along behind. He got a bit too near the bank of the river for my liking sometimes and I had to call him back. If he'd fallen in the mud, it would have been impossible for me to extract him. As well as feeling tired, my body was just stiff and unresponsive after two full days out. I spent almost two hours afterwards in the conservatory trying to catch up on sleep.

The pylons march across the fields here, stretching out from the Ratcliffe on Soar power station. I like the patterns they make.

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