This afternoon I had the choice of snowdrops or dragons - to walk in a wood and see the snowdrops or to track down a dragon in the next village (bare with me I haven't lost the plot honestly!). I chose snowdrops as I thought they wouldn't be around for very long and off we went. We went to Chalkney Wood near Earls Colne in Essex.
It turned out a bit like the book 'Bear Hunt' as we found mud - lots and lots of mud. We couldn't go over it, we couldn't go under it, we had to go through it! And it squelched and it squelched and it squelched!
We didn't find snowdrops in the wood though and we did get ever so slightly lost. But when we eventually found our way back to the car we spied some snowdrops on the opposite verge to where we had parked!
But on the way home something rather exciting happened - we took a detour to try and find the dragon. The legend is that in 1405 a dragon appeared out of the river Stour in Sudbury. The townsfolk tried to kill it but all they did was agitate it and it went back into the river towards Bures where it disappeared into a marsh. You can read more here if you want to. I'd heard on the radio that there was now a dragon on a hillside in Bures but until last night I didn't know where it was. We followed the directions I'd been given on twitter and went down a tiny track by a reclamation yard to St Stephen's Chapel.
The chapel was built in about 1200 on the site where Edmund was crowned King of the Angles in 855. And there on the hillside overlooking the chapel we found the dragon.
He's quite impressive and I'm so pleased we found him!