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Word from Wormingford

In this archive column from 2006, Ronald Blythe returns to his former haunts in Aldeburgh

ON MONDAY, at about ten past three in the afternoon, the spring began. I was raking the winding paths I had made through the orchard when I felt and heard a resurgence in the landscape, in birdsong, in the air, as well as the meanest suggestion of less bitterness in the weather.

Wild daffodils, still in bud, shook round the apple-tree. The hunt was unseen in the valley, but was whoop­ing away, hounds and horn in full cry — after nothing. A hundred rooks speared north, the sun catching ...

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