Nine of us started with a short walk along the Stort navigation. Turning right we went off down a lane and across large fields of young wheat and rape seed, seas of yellow! Our boots got caked in mud but got lighter again as we went through woods with bluebells and lots of birdsong. We arrived for lunch at the pretty village of Hunsdon with typical Essex white weather boarded houses, old style water pump and lamp post.  Here we stopped for lunch at The Crown, eating our sandwiches in the pub garden.  The heavens opened soon after we left the pub, waterproof trousers were quickly put on and brollies up. We sheltered for a few minutes and moved on as it lightened. Soon the rained stopped and we made our way back to catch our train where we viewed a family of goslings making their way downstream, our second goslings of the day.