With two weeks of April showers and bright sun the first bluebells appear, the sap rising . Soon the woods will be awash with bluebells. Today, I choose a detailed study amidst mosses of the woodland floor.
This week's In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg looked at the battle of Crecy and the invasion force assembled by King Edward III, including ships from many ports in England. English victory was attributed to Edward's organisation, ships full of arrows to maintain supplies and the discipline of his archers. The yew trees of Sizergh would have been important for making bows and at the battle of Agincourt Sir Thomas Strickland took 25 long -bow men with him. Edward III would have called upon his knights to raise troops for Crecy in a similar way.