Sunday, 22 October 2017

Walking the Essex way

Feeling sad! Received news that brother in law has passed away, a sad end to a sad life....He was married to my beautiful sister, she too has passed away sometime ago! But I still feel her loss like it was yesterday....Their marriage was a turbulent one he was a very jealous man so that did not make a good partnership. But I must say when my lovely sister was struck with a terrible illness he did look after her, so for that I thank him.
He was left on his own although he had a daughter and grandchildren but again they did not know how to communicate so he was left to his own devices, drinking far too much, living at the old Homestead where  he carried on living, He must've had a stroke, my brother found him he had been on the kitchen floor for nearly two days, he was still breathing but he did not make it. Am hopping that he and his daughter had made peace.
My daughters were really upset when I told them that uncle Alberto had died he was very good with children and they remember him with great fondness....So sad to think that he was on his own when it all happened, but at least he was able to make peace with his family....

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Walking the Essex way.....

Been back from Portugal for a little while now...My lovely brother was so welcoming and I loved being there, but home is where the heart is, I just love my home and the Village is tucked away from all the terrible things that is happening out there, or so it seems!
We have the most amazing countryside specially now that Autumn is upon us.

My friend Paula and I have discovered a new footpath, its always exciting to take a new route sometimes we are very naughty and have to cut across the field because we took a wrong turning, if only the farmer could see us running to get to the other side laughing!!! I am always scared that we are going to get caught and told off.... hahah my friend is always telling me don't worry when I tell her, perhaps we shouldn't go that way we might get told off...And she say's just look on it as an adventure and so that's what it feels like when we go on our walks, just as well we have sturdy walking boots because we walk through nettles, brambles of course with my intrepid friend leading the way.

There was this  time when we ventured into the woods to explore, don't think anyone had been through them for quite some time it was thick with brambles fallen trees by the side of the lake, it looked almost Jurassic, forgotten....Its quite funny now when I think about it, Paula in front with a tree branch beating a way through the brambles, and at times we had to crawl under a tree to get through. And hours later we arrive home disheveled but feeling quite happy that we had another memorable walk and an adventure....Now looking forward to the next walk and hopefully another path to be discovered.....






  

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Portugal in Ericeira

I mentioned before that I had spent a couple of weeks visiting my big brother in Portugal, it had been at least 35 years since I had last visited....My lovely brother and his wife gave us a view of the country, places that I had not visited before!!!! Like Mafra, Ericeira and Sintra all very old and full of history... I have been reading about this quaint town of Ericeira....
Ericeira is so called due to the fact that there is lots of sea-urchins locally... Very ancient and although its origin is not really known it is thought to been visited by the Phoenicians and the said people could be their decedents....  The entire region was conquered after Lisbon was taken from the Moors.
In 1229 Dom Peres Fernao Rodrigues Monteiro master of the order of Avis granted Ericeira its first charter... Then king Dom Manuel I, gave the town to his son Dom Luis, who later bequeathed it to his son Dom Antonio do Crato...
So much history here in this small town! It was from here that the then Royal family embarked on their way to exile 5th of Oct in 2010.....






Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Walking the Essex way

So after a couple of weeks in Portugal for a little get together with the family, I find myself back to the old routine! Although I don't see my little darling as often now that she's at school,  and am glad to say she's loving it.
As I said Hubby and I had a few day's in the old country we stayed at my big brothers house such a warm welcome I feel sorry that we left so long to visit! We were taken about to some lovely places and his family so lovely they took us to their hearts, love them to pieces....

Now I find myself once again walking the Essex way I must say the scenery is quite different but very pleasing to the eye, at least its a little cooler, am really looking forward to the changes!!! I just love Autumn...
Marina in Cascais

The family in Mafra

Mafra old Palace 












Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Walking the Essex way

The countryside is looking amazing, there is a feel that Autumn is on the way, the fungi is sprouting everywhere.... My friend and I have been walking the footpaths around our village for 20 years and it still holds the magic, the woods and the man made lakes full of wild life, amazing what one can see just by being out there in this amazing countryside.
The other day we got so excited when we spot three roe deer's in a middle of a field, and the time when we spotted a fox my first! I was surprised when I managed to take a photo, Oh! and the hare so close to us. I feel so lucky to see gods creation up close









 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Walking the Essex way

Still walking the Essex way, but the weather is not that brilliant for August, my friend Paula and I at one time used to walk come rain or shine! But now we seem to shy away if its too wet, but we still do a fair amount of walking through the footpaths surrounding our village.
We specially love to photograph the insects its amazing what we can find, from beautiful butterfly's to the minute of insects....If only they could see us on our knees trying to capture a small insect....I say to Paula just look at me! at my age and still crawling in the undergrowth....

We also like to gather the wild fruits, that the good old hedge has on offer, I have a larder full of preserves, so Christmas gifts are sorted....Also my daughter makes good use of the various jams that I make....
This week we only had one walk! I did go to Audley End on Wednesday with my girls and my little darling on a day out with the Fairy's , that was a trip for the little ones really but I think we enjoyed it just as much just to see the little ones faces when they were looking for the fairy's and Elfs..
We go to queue for the train ride, had to wait half an hour for the next ride! So I run across the road to the big house!!! So glad that I did  beautiful house with a grand entrance lovely lawns and a river the views were stunning....












Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Walking the Essex way

Yesterday woke up to a very misty morning, met up with my friend and this time we take the footpath just down the road....It feels strange we are only in August but it has the feel of Autumn.
We walk on to the Path that used to take us to the old airfield, we loved walking there, the trees and the wild flowers where we took many a photograph, but the trees have been cut down and somehow the wild flowers are not growing as much....So we walk on, spider webs everywhere! Then we spot a few Canadian geese in the field surrounded by mist, as am trying to focus on them Paula waves at me becoming and there on the left there was a sea of them all feeding on the grain that was left behind after the harvest of the wheat. It was an amazing sight!

After taking so many photos we walk on, and take the path by the Rivenhall house, we hear the cry of the buzzards but they kept well hidden so no photographs there! Before we take the path to go back home we take a peak at the American lake, its so called because during the second war apparently an American soldier died there while swimming! The lake is owned by a fishing society and they don'tlike people walking their dogs there, because they jump in the water and disturb the fish and the fisherman. That's the reason for the private notice sign..... We came across the bailiff and we were telling him that we loved taking pictures at the lake and that we were sad about the forbidden sign, so glad we spoken to him we walked home with a smile on our faces....We are camera walkers and not dog walkers so we wont be disturbing the fish or the fisherman. Phew!!!
Thank you Mr Bailiff...