Today, 1st May, in the dawn darkness of Lawn Woods, early birds were in full song when I arrived to check sunrise time, grass length, and general layout in preparation for this year’s Festival Dawn Chorus.
I went to check for chairs in the old Holy Rood Church. The chains on the gate clanked and the church door creaked. Spooky, in the dark.
Lawn Woods was suddenly lit up, by daylight. The birds had stopped singing but the day had begun.
The first human to appear was a morning-friendly woman, looking for ‘the Festival thing’, five days too early. Next, a bearded man in jogging gear came by, stopped, and said ‘I see them every year’. Minutes later, three fat dogs and their owner, not unlike them, came a-sniffing. He said, ‘Oh yes, when I smell coffee, I know they are here. Lots of of them. I give them a wide berth, because of the dogs. Not everyone likes them.’
If it’s anything like today, then Lawn Woods at 5am on Monday 6th May, is the place to be.
Hope to see you then.