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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

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 !


Walking Group - walking from Walkern

2018 Walkern walk 3 The October walk started from Walkern 2018 Walkern walk 2 '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.

2018 Walkern walk 4 The group congregated on the green at Ardeley,
with its village pump and excellent village hall.
2018 Walkern walk 1
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!
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 ...............

Walking Group Outings 2018

The walking group has had a watery start to the year.
Radwell Lake 2018 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. Romantic Idyll 2018
The second walk took them along a disused railway track and down to a river ford.
Brocket Hall 2018 It continued along to Brocket Hall with its landscaped gardens with mandatory lake and bridge.Brocket Hall 2018 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.