Solo ride around Braintree

A glorious ride in perfect weather involving apple pie and cream at Rayne tea room and a very good two course lunch for £7.50 at the Compasses, Pattiswick. There was plenty of interesting wildlife: three fallow deer, at least two buzzards, a kestrel, a good view of a green woodpecker and loads of colourful pheasants, partridges, and even a few guinea fowl. The day was marred rather by my witnessing the birth and gruesome death of a piglet, victim of its own kind. Knowing in advance that such things happen does not prepare you for seeing it happen, largely, I suppose, because a new-born piglet looks so very human. I did not have bacon for lunch.

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