Monday, 24 September 2018

Walking the Essex way

Summer has been awesome and the garden did very well I even managed to grow my Portuguese Aboarinha, (((Courgettes))) and the grapes full bunches of juicy berries, sweet too!
My friend Paula and I have resumed our walks through the countryside already see signs of Autumn to come.
I have already started  preparing the garden for the winter getting plants cleaned up and set them aside to store for the winter, it is going to be quite a job trying to find places in my little greenhouse and wrapping them, The big Plants will be stored in the shed of course hubby will have a moan saying that i have too many plants bla bla...
Anyway am looking forward to Autumn the colours, I love spring but I think Autumn is my favourite. My friend and I walk the same footpaths through the seasons and we are always amazed at what we see Nature at its best, and the best part is we have it all right by our door, only have to walk down the street and there it is! our amazing countryside.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Walking the Essex way

I have a heavy heart! I just don't know what is happening to my once close family, since my lovely Sister Dulce passed away it all went apeshit! First, my elder sister decides that her family is her daughters and grandchildren and by all her thinking we are not part of her life anymore when asked why her answer is you have your family and I have mine, but I don't understand her reasoning I miss our get-togethers the laughter.
Was in the Homeland for the month of August and so was she, but I felt so sad knowing that she was only up the road, even her brother in law that was visiting the homeland also and staying with them thought it odd that when they were very near my house on one of their outings she did not make an effort or even mention my name how sad is that.
Now my other Sister whom I adore has a bee in her bonnet too. You see she writes, from the beginning I have been very supportive, but now she's going off me too always finding fault when, or if I forget to mention or make a comment on F/B of her poems come short stories, I always try to have a read and give a review when I see it. Last time we were talking on messenger and she mentions That she's editing and printing and because we were talking about other things in between so I forget to mention what she said at the start, we were talking about cooking our dinner's and so forth, then she says that she has to go to the kitchen and we say our goodbyes nothing wrong there, or so I thought! A few minutes later she comes back with,

(((((Why is it! When I say am editing and printing you say fuck all.... Have you joyned all the others.... No coments to be made!  You avoid talking about it!! Why's it that....Don't you think I'd like, to know what you think!! Everyone has joyned the band wagon!! Silence))))

I have always supported her and now she put my loyalty into question! None of the family read her stories and that is eating at her like an illness and I do feel for her! but I can only answer for me. And this is making me so sad and depressed. Oh why!! oh why!


Saturday, 28 July 2018

Walking the Essex way

Jully has been very hot, and according to the weather forecast, August is going to be just as hot.
When walking through the countryside one can see the wheat and the barely was quickly ripening much too early due to the lack of rain, and it's very unusual for the harvest to be this early, already the harvest has started the machinery are awesome, I just love to look at that expanse of gold. The heat has been intense reaching highs of 35centigrads or more the garden has been suffering somewhat.

The last time I remember temperatures like this were in June 1976 when I was expecting my first child, and I just cannot cope with all this heat. When one is young its lovely seating and catching the rays, and getting a deep tan I remember when going back to the old homeland my Island, my Madeira, the place where I was bourne that's what I used to do but now with inner heat as well I just find it difficult to cope with all this water that my body is producing.

Now we are going into August and once again I'll be going to the old homeland, unusual for me I tend to go in the winter when we have milder temperatures, I like to be here in the summer to tend to my garden and the few vegetables that I like to grow, but this year I and a few friends are meeting up in Madeira for a get together really looking forward to seeing them even though I'll be pouring water like a waterfall (((LOL))) I must be mad but hey ho it'll be worthed I hope!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Walking the Essex way

The heat has been unbearable my friend and I still do our walks early in the morning, it is always a little cooler when we start, we tend to meet up at 6am so that we can be back home by 9am.
Last week I was very unlucky would you believe it a dog bit me. lol and the owner did not even bat an eyelid he just called the dog and went on his way, even when my friend shouted at him that his dog had bitten me so that same day I end up at the Doctors for a Tetanus injection and a course of antibiotics.
Then two days later in my garden while watering my plants I get bitten once again, this time from a tinny little beetle, and yes once again the next day back at the Doctors with a swollen arm.
They say that these things happen in threes so now am waiting with bated breath for the next mishap.

I can't believe that I've agreed to go to the old Homeland in August for the whole month it's the height of the summer and I know am going to suffer from the heat what with my power surges and all, but it will be nice to see my friends from Canada and of course my cousin and her husband will be there too.....


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Walking the Essex way

Yesterday's walk was quite eventful. Met up with my friend at her house. Then we took the footpath that runs parallel to both lakes, there was a slight breeze a lot better than the day before, a little cooler it made the walk quite pleasant.
We like to take pics of insects so, for the best part of our walk we are on our knees, we look quite a sight with bums in the air trying to get a good angle, just as well we go walking so early in the morning, no one about.
So we decide that its time to go back home. We are quite happy with what we have photographed.
On the way like many times before we came across a dog walker, nothing strange about that, we meet many people along our walks and we never have had any issues with any dog or dog owner but this time was quite a shock when this dog runs up to us all excited and we don't think that anything is wrong, until when I turn to carry on walking he comes and bites the back of my leg, and the stupid owner did not even apologise. Least to say I ended up at the Doctors for a tetanus injection and a course of antibiotics.
But am still walking and looking forward to tomorrow for another walk along the footpaths of Essex way.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Walking the Essex way

Yesterday my friend and I walked towards the gravel works, on the way we were able to take some ok pics.
First, we had the bindweed with droplets of water, then we get quite excited when we spot a pyramid orchid we were wondering the other day if we were going to find any, so now we are happy, from then on things improve, even though it was quite a grey morning but the scenery was, as always quite impressive.
It is always fun watching the hares charging around the fields, of course, the wildflowers always light the way. Oh, my friend and I had our first taste of the cherries which are now ripening and they were quite delicious.
The gravel lake with the swans the trees and the scented mint looks great we love seating here, watching the wildlife. Such a shame that all of this will be gone when the dreaded road will be built across  our beautiful countryside.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Walking the Essex way

My friend and I are still walking the footpaths of Essex way, I know I have not been writing much about our adventures lately but have been a little too busy.
We are quite worried my friend Paula and I with all the houses that are going to be built on our neck of the woods, the footpaths that we walk through, will be no more.
Our Village at the rate it's going! won't be a village for much longer, and our beloved footpaths will be gone.