Changing Seasons – November 2019

This opening paragraph is becoming somewhat repetitious. Another month where rain and wind conspired against me for taking photos of this walk. However, just in the nick of time the sun shone yesterday for the first time in 10 days, there was no rain AND no wind! So I headed to the memorial garden to…

waiting for a sunny day

It seems like weeks since we had a sunny day and no wind. The rain has been interminable. But yesterday I was awoken abruptly by yet another scam Amazon Prime phone call, but delighted to see a blue sky at last. We decided that it was time to have a beach walk, so we headed…

The Claw

A country stroll Turns into a nightmare When you discover that the public pathway Is not all it seems. That solid looking earth parts beneath your feet without warning. You fall into the foul smelling underground of a long lost mine shaft. You scream Your mouth forming a terrified O Your fingers clawing the edge…

Changing Seasons – October 2019

I took the opportunity of a lovely warm and sunny day last week to head down to this walk alongside the Copperhouse Pool and was delighted to find the tide was out and well over a hundred light-bellied Brent Geese (Branta bernicla) feeding on the mudflats as well as a curlew or two. It was…

autumn leaves

Virginia creeper in the garden. october 2019 This image was taken through the window in a heavy shower of rain. If you want to join in with celebrating the colours of autumn then take part in the Festival of Leaves 2019 hosted by Dawn Miller.

autumn fruits

Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) in the lanes. September 2019 Bramble is a food source for honey bees and bumblebees and other wild animals. Leaves are eaten by certain caterpillars and some grazing mammals, especially deer, are also fond of the leaves. Caterpillars of concealer moth have been found feeding inside dead blackberry shoots. When mature, the berries are eaten…

autumn berries

haws from  common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) september 2019 Common hawthorn can support more than 300 insects. It is the food plant for caterpillars of many moths, including the hawthorn, orchard ermine, pear leaf blister, rhomboid tortrix, light emerald, lackey, vapourer, fruitlet mining tortrix, small eggar and lappet moths. Its flowers are eaten by dormice and…

Changing Seasons – September 2019

This last week in September proved to be the real start of ‘proper’ autumnal weather. After a lovely few days of warmth and sunshine mid-month the temperatures soon dropped, the wind gained in strength and the rain, along with impressive thunderstorms, arrived. Making it a teeny bit difficult to get this walk in. Anyway last…

Life in the Countryside

Living in the countryside is not all romance and tranquillity despite the wonderful landscapes and incredible views, the fresh air and lack of pollution, the feeling of escaping the rat race. Here in the UK a rural location so often means a lack of amenities as village shops close down and local schools don’t have…

My Magical Place

Summer already seems long ago; the year has swiftly embraced autumn. The light is subtly different now. The sun is lower in the sky and shadows are longer and hard-edged. There is warmth in a sheltered spot, but an underlying chill lies in the air like a harbinger of winter. The country lanes are no…