Breaking news!

The news in the valley is that an otter was spotted this week on our stretch of the river. A lady was walking her dog on the river bank early in the morning. Apparently she and the otter stood stock still gazing at each other for what seemed like ages, until the otter, smooth as silk, darted off into the water. Those times when I have chanced upon wildlife going about its business as I go about mine are precious to me. It’s a totally different experience to seeing an animal in an organised way. There’s something magic about it. The meeting must only last seconds yet time seems to stand still. It’s like you have been invited into a secret world and you daren’t move for fear of breaking the spell. The joy and intensity of the moment stays with you forever, leaving you always eager for another invitation.

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