In the woods and hedges I saw Larch, this pink female flower will eventually become the cone
I always assume this white blossom in the hedges is the Blackthorn, but when I look more closely I can't find the thorns and the leaves seem too far advanced so I am wondering if this is Bullace or Wild Plum.
Gooseberry flowering in the hedgerows.
The dry valley of Horsedale, last year's dead grass is hiding the young green growth of this year but soon it will be truly green.
Fridaythorpe is a village I have only ever driven through on the main road going to Bridlington. The residents have a sense of humour with a weather forecasting stone, a special blue plaque and a super new bus stop for the 12 buses which stop here each week.
For me it is more importantly the half way point of the Wolds Way,
and it has a lovely pond where I sat and ate lunch watching the ducks and ducklings and saw my first House Martin of the year.
As I was leaving I realised the shallows of the pond were bright orange and this was because there were hundreds of goldfish warming themselves in the shallows.
Fridaythorpe has a lovely church which was restored in the early 20th Century by Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere. The clock face dating from this restoration has the reminder "Time is short: Eternity is long" dated 1903.
The altar and most of the internal woodwork dates from this restoration, although the altar had previously been in Sledmere Church.
The arch over the doorway is believed to be Norman and at least 900 years old.
Still and almost cloudless blue sky, quite unexpected for mid-April
More sheep, it was so warm that many of them were sheltering in the shade of the trees although there was still no leaves on these Ash trees the sheep are definitely congregating in the shadows of the branches.
Later I walked under a tree with a female Kestrel in the top branches
Finally a reminder of my childhood, when the road signs were all rather different. One of the farmers has acquired an old sign and used it to warn drivers to be careful as they enter his property.