"I saw a Kingfisher fly across the little pool by the roadside below Olton station today. The new Catkins are showing on all the Alder and Hazel trees now. The sun had a most remarkable appearance just before setting tonight. I never saw it look so large in my life. It was deep crimson, shaded with purple which gave it a globular appearance, and it looked like a huge fire-balloon suspended against a curtain of grey cloud."
From The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden