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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt;
and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
HAPPY NEW YEAR - what a way to start
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A Winter's View
But her attention drawn to these trees. Something was not quite right. Who would have guessed they were really telecomms masts. Well spotted Margaret !
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 !
Walking Group - walking from Walkern
The October walk started from Walkern 'In Search of the Lonesome Pine'.
.....................It took in what, for this year, has been the inevitable water at a nearby ford.
This time flaming autumn colour further brightened up an already beautiful day.
The group congregated on the green at Ardeley,
with its village pump and excellent village hall.
Past the Church Farm - a great venue for the grandkids - before reaching our goal - the (almost) lonesome pine breaking the horizon to stand proud against the sky.
..........................................I wonder how many stories it could tell.
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!
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.
Walking Group Outings 2018
The walking group has had a watery start to the year.
The first walk ventured past Radwell Lake - a beautiful view across to an amazing house. The walk itself encountered blocked footpaths and a stray dog but, after the dog's owner appeared to take the dog home, everyone got back safely in the end.
The second walk took them along a disused railway track and down to a river ford.
It continued along to Brocket Hall with its landscaped gardens with mandatory lake and bridge. Shouts from some golfers meant rapidly replacing a golf ball picked up by accident. Who'd have thought people were out playing in those conditions.