God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Walk on the Wild Side

We have discovered a new wood to walk in,we didn't know was there. 
so it came as a wonderful surprise  

It is hidden from sight  in between busy streets and at the back of the Water Works.

We turned left off the main road into town expecting it to be a dead end, but we wanted to look at these old cottages.

Then we came upon this sign..

The wood, or 'gardens' as they are called on the sign, are all enclosed with specific entry points for visitors.

So we ventured in....
....and saw this.....

........venturing further in...

This caught my eye, some sort of fungus I think on the top of a tree stump..

Sorry the photo is rather fuzzy but I took these pictures on my phone instead of my usual digital camera....that was still sitting on the kitchen table.

There was also this mysterious looking hole..

We found the two artesian wells mentioned on the sign..

....but only got a photograph of one. The other one was well camouflaged by reeds and didn't like to get too close as the ground was exceedingly boggy.

We walked to the end, it is a long and thin strip of secluded wood land. 
 Did notice rather a lot of Blackberry bushes that still had old fruits on, no one had picked them.
 So will remember that next summer.

Then back to the main entrance and back on to the road.
What a little gem

We will be back

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Chasing the Snow Clouds

It has been cold today(by UK standards!)at -5.3'C  this morning at 8.0am as husband went of to work.
 Our area has had numerous weather warnings yesterday and today of  impending snow.

After a morning spent wrapping up Christmas parcels ready for posting thought that I would wrap myself up warm and go off for a walk at 2.0pm.

Since my accident my long walks have been sadly limited so have not been tramping the fields  .

Thought it was time I gave you a 'walk' as have not done so for a while.

So off we go over the bridge and into the nature reserve.
The Cormorants come in from the coast and overwinter on the lake. 
Last year there were not many as we did not have that much cold weather.
Wonder how many are here today?

It looks a bit grim doesn't it?
The reeds have grown tall and out of control. But due to council cut backs there is no longer a permanent warden or maintenance team so the lake has run wild. 
In order to survive it needs to be sympathetically managed, which is has not been for the last two or three years.

No sign of the Swans today, plenty of ducks though.
Brr...it is chilly, can see my breath in the air.

It is rather deserted and the clouds are rolling in, 

Let me see how many Cormorants I can count..

There are thirteen, never seen so many.
Sign that we are in for some bad weather.
You will have to enlarge the photograph to count them all.
One has his wings spread wide, they do that to catch the warmth of the sun, not much about today.

Just look at that sky...certainly time I was heading for home.
Doesn't that dead tree covered in Ivy look menacing?

This last bit is rather muddy, glad I have my sturdy boots on.

Thanks for joining me.