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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colours, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

Rainer Maria Rilke



A new Wanderers group is taking shape for those members who enjoy the idea of getting out and about and being in the fresh air in convivial company but would prefer shorter walks (about i hour).

An Arts and Crafts movement also is building an enthusiastic following - an opportunity to challenge your dexterity.

And, for keen book readers, there is enough interest to start a Book Group 3.

Find out more about these groups at our regular meetings.


If you go down to the woods today .....

Wind in the Willows 2 Saroj has been venturing out into the wild again seeking Wind in the Willows 1 out the unusual.
This time she has found Kenneth Graham's Wind in the Willows at Radwell Meadow, in the children's park at Nortonbury end.
....................................I think if I were small I might want to be holding Nan's hand.


A Winter's View 2

Stockwood Park-1 2019 Jan During a recent visit to the Discovery Centre at Stockwood Park, Luton, Saroj felt compelled to capture this snow scene with magnificent trees as a back drop and a lovely winter-blue sky.

Also this amazing Lebanese Cedar, dating Stockwood Park-1 2019 Jan back to the 18th century. With the sun shining from behind and snow on the ground it revealed its magnificence even more.

A Winter's View

Hitchin from Harkness .
Margaret was sipping her tea at the garden centre and was impressed by the view across Hitchin even on a dull winter's day. And the water tower does look impressive on the skyline.
. 2019 Harkness aerials in disguise

But her attention drawn to these trees. Something was not quite right. Who would have guessed they were really telecomms masts. Well spotted Margaret !

2019 Harkness aerials blending in.
Well, can you tell them apart from the other greenery at
a distance. At least the company has made an effort.

Now you know what to look for see how many can spot on your travels.


Bird Group Views - is this a record

On their last outing for the year the number of birds spotted by the group reached an amazing 21. Who would have thought so many species would be around on our own local Ickleford riverside. So next time you are out and about don't keep your head down but look around to see the joys of the local wildlife.

The full list of birds : Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Little Egret, Goldcrest, Black headed Gull, Lesser black backed Gull, Red Kite, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Robin, Rock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail,Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Wood Pigeon and last and possibly least. the wonderful Wren.

What a haul !


Angela's Amazing Adventures - Colchester

How does she do it - another beautiful sunny day. And a sign of the times - we found an out-of-the-way coffee house with an added bonus that all drinks were only £1. Wow! But when I went to pay with cash - goodness me what a look I got!
2018 Colchester castle After lunch an excellent and very informative tour round the town (Colchester is not a city apparently) starting with the castle. Perhaps with the new data protection laws regarding published images in mind Colchester kindly included these figures in this brilliant 100 year tribute.

2018 Colchester castle gardens . Colchester castle gardeners
And if you were in any way worried about being replaced by robots maybe the gardeners in the castle grounds should put your mind at rest.

. 2018 Colchester
...............But if this one on the High Street was ever made real ...............