Saturday, 19 May 2018

Walking the Essex way

I don't feel very well!  Yesterday I felt so cold and so sad I just don't know why I felt so sad, I have my daughters and my little darling and I should feel happy enough but I miss my family my sisters we are all separated either by distance or by other problems and I feel that I am living in limbo.
My elder sister for some reason distanced herself from the rest of the family she says that she has her family but are we, not family also! I just don't understand her way of thinking.
Now I hear that she has had a stroke while visiting her daughter in Washington, life is so short and I feel that we have lost so much time being apart, I wonder if she feels the same way.
My friend and I walk through the footpaths of Essex way, and while am doing that I don't think much about what I have lost.... Then I hear that my sister had a stroke and all the sadness that I feel comes to the forefront.   





Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Walking the Essex way

My friend and I have once again been walking in the footpaths around our village, some day's we walk for a couple of hours and other day's we just keep going. We tend to lose track of time especially now that the weather is warming up.
No walking for us today though! It is raining and I suppose just as well I really need to rest my foot, last week I've sprained it while walking and yesterday it was aching somewhat so am taking it easy today.
Yesterday we had a great walk first we spot a buzzard, took a pic too, but too far and as we walk on we came across a Hare they don't stay long in one spot but still managed to click the camera before it took off, also saw a muntjac again a little too far! And then to our surprise, we saw a Roe deer so Paula and I drop to our knees so that we won't be too conspicuous and there we stood in awe, of course not forgetting to click our cameras.
We are in our element so far so good we walk on to the lake, the residing swans are nesting let's hope they'll have better luck this year, last year they started with seven cygnets and ended up with just one, and even that one seemed to have disappeared so fingers crossed.
As we move one we decide to go into the wood next to the lake there is a lot of trees laying down with exposed roots by the water edge it looks almost Jurassic! Yes, Paula and I like to fantasise (((lol))) saw a baby squirrel it was so funny as he was climbing up the tree he falls in the water.
Now we have been walking and taking pictures for three hours so its time to head back home but as usual, there is always something else that attracts our attention, like a dragonfly and other insects!
So four hours later I arrive home dragging my feet. Just as well no walking for us today.
















Friday, 4 May 2018

Walking the Essex way

Now that the weather is warming up we have great activity in the garden, Hubby is busy destroying it! We are in limbo at the moment, waiting for this licence from the council about an extension of













We decided property its taken since December last year to hear anything!ed that the house needs an extra room now that the family has grown, good idea but at the same time not! Hubby is sending me up the wall he already started pulling things down and his dying to bring down the lovely pergola that I have in the middle of the garden with a grapevine, we still haven't got the darned licence for god's sake.
I had a beautiful clematis, and that is gone same with my bamboo I knew that it had to go, but it is breaking my heart to see it happening.
Am still walking in the mornings and the countryside is looking amazing! The trees with their covering of lovely different shades of green and the hedgerows started to look good too with the Hawthorn flowers, everything looks fresh as if someone with a few paint strokes brought it to life.
Yesterday my friend and I walked for nearly four hours, we were supposed to have a short walk, but with the morning sun we just kept going, of course, we don't just go for a walk we take photos too we get so excited when we spot a deer, am not very good if the subject moves you see I have not a steady hand  I joke with my friend that for me to take a good photo of an animal they have to stay still for me haha.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

Woken up feeling dejected! With so many people around me, how can I feel so lonely? This feeling weighing on my heart that I am missing something in my life because at times, I feel like crying but then I remember the good times and it is bearable to go on living with what I have and not wish for the moon.

Am still looking for that light at the end of the tunnel.
Since the death of my sister, our lives and family have changed, but not for the better, I feel that not only have I lost my other half but also lost the family that I loved so much.
We were so happy! or at least I thought we were, and then I lost another Sister she just decided that she did not need me in her life and without an explanation, she left me wondering what I had done wrong! She says that she has all that she needs with her daughters and grandchildren I feel so sad I have lost so much.
But am so blessed with my girls and my little darling, also still have the rest of the family talking to each other, so I should be thankful and not wish for the moon.


Monday, 23 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

At long last the weather is warming slowly I must say! we had a few days with scorching temperatures, my friend and I decided that we did not need jackets, so on Monday, we set off to the woods minus jackets, big mistake halfway to the woods we were shivering lol what happened to that lovely weather. But it was worth the discomfort the woods looked lovely with the bluebells in between trees and the birdsong it certainly made one feel warm.

As we walk along looking in the undergrowth hoping to find the early purple orchids, so after a while looking, my friend calls to me, Ana I found one come and look! and there it was, a lovely purple orchid we kept looking and found a few more, now we can go home happy. Now I know how the Victorian plant hunters felt. It is so exciting roaming through the woods and finding these exquisite wildflowers we do live in a charmed and amazing world...
Hawthorn blossom

footpath

wheat field

Mayflower


bluebells

Bluebells

Early purple orchid

Early purple orchid

Wood anemone

Dog violet

Monday, 9 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

My friend Paula and I have been walking some of the footpaths of Essex way for twenty years, and we never get tired of the scenery before us. It is always a wonder of Gods creation.
I had a little change of the usual scenery, together with a group of friends Hubby and I traveled to North Devon to Ilfracombe a favorite in the Victorian and Edwardian periods with its private beaches certainly the most interesting are the tunnels, to the bathing beaches, most conveniently near the town center along subterranean tunnels leading to the beaches.
The rock pools at Tunnels beaches were made world famous in the Victorian time's thanks to Philip Henry Gosse the renowned Victorian biologist and friend of Charles Darwin, who discovered several new species here. In turn, thousands of tourists came to enjoy the bathing beaches shell collecting and rock pooling.
The rugged nature of the coastline and the tidal range allows access to very rare species on low tides.

I just love the history of Ilfracombe, I have read that in 1823 a team of Welsh miners hand carved through the cliffs and subsequently built three tidal pools, two for the ladies and one for the gentleman. The beaches were renamed Tunnels beaches. 
Prior to the carving of the tunnels the coves and caves were being used by smugglers, also De Tracey apparently took refuge in one of the caves after the murder of Thomas A Becket. Ilfracombe, are a must if you ever visit North Devon, I just loved the town and walking through  the tunnels coming out on the other side the rock formation the seaweed with the limpets also was surprised at the blake sand too, trully an amazing place.