Friday, 16 June 2017

walking the Essex way

My Friend Paula and I are still walking through the footpaths surrounding our village, we see the changes through the seasons.... This is the season to find wild orchids, we get so excited when coming across them and yesterday when walking through a field not only did we find the orchids but to our surprise a hare walking towards us, or should I say hopping!  Paula and I just stood there mesmerised then he sees us and it was so funny when he saw us, he just stood still for a second then jumped and off it went. My friend with her quick thinking filmed it running away, and the Essex Wildlife Trust have it on their FB page now...

The butterfly's and the insects are amazing too! So far we have photographed Painted Lady, Red Admiral's, Tortoiseshell and the Essex skipper and a load of insects.

Getting ready for another walk have a lovely day...
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Painted Lady

Red Admiral

speckled wood


Dragonfly... (((Black-lined orthetrum))) I think?

Essex skipper


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Walking the Essex way

Am feeling a little nostalgic.... Its wet so no walking for us today! At one time we used to walk came rain or shine! Rain pelting down on us and the wind ragging round our ears...I really loved those walks it was so exciting....

Wishful thinking

Was it true or just a rumor going round amongst the trees.
Was it real or was it fancy? Did I hear upon the breeze


blackbirds tuning up their flutes and morning thrushes practising
lovely and exciting songs that made me dream of spring
Maybe it was wishful thinking! Or just a sweet but foolish notion
conjured by the thrushes tune.
Yet I swear that I can hear it growing stronger every day,
the note that tells of hidden nests and feathered hosts, along the way....

Friday, 26 May 2017

Walking the Essex way

My goodness we are at the end of May and the weather really has surprised us. Sis and her beloved has come to spend a few days in Essex way.
It has been a long time since they were last here, they were supposed to have come for a visit last summer but I broke my leg, so it all had to be cancelled but now here we are all again my other Sis Elsa also joined us and it has been lovely to get together.

Yesterday my girls and my little darling came over to say hello to the aunties, We had lunch in the garden it was so lovely to have the house full of chatter and laughter, it took me back to my childhood when we were young in my Madeira and living at home, a home that was so full of music and love and that's just how it felt yesterday when we were all talking sometimes a little to loud at times with all the excitement.

I will miss them when they go back home to Dorset. Next time it'll be our turn to visit them, always love going down to Dorset the walks along the Jurassic are amazing....
Sis Connie right and I on left a few moons ago

My garden

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Walking the Essex way

It has been a while since my last posting, but my friend and I are still doing our early morning walks. We walk through the seasons come rain or shine, some day's we walk for a couple of hours but there is day's that we over do it a little and go for the burn, crazy I know but once we get going we just have to see what is further on, like my friend say's its an adventure!

On Tuesday we take a different route and of course we had to see were it led to so we kept going and 5 hours later we arrive home dragging our feet, but feeling great because we found another interesting footpath... Wednesday we just took it easy and only walked for three hours. The insects are buzzing and the light is getting better....Now not able to walk until Monday...

Friday, 5 May 2017

Walking th eEssex way

My friend and I are still walking the footpaths of Essex way....Yesterday we over walked I met up with Paula at six and we got back just before 11am.. I must say by then, I was dragging my feet.
So today we decided to take it easy and do a short walk... pics from yesterday's walk...

Friday, 21 April 2017

Walking the Essex way

I feel that I am very lucky to live in this lovely corner of Essex.... My little corner of paradise with the beautiful countryside right by my doorstep....
The countryside is humming with life, the birds dashing in and out of nests feeding their young or building their nests, the trees being dressed with their green clothing. And the hedges bursting with buds.... The blue bells in the woods Early purple orchids and many more!

Nature never ceases to amaze me... This week my friend and I walked to the woods and there we found a carpet of blue bells, Anemones, primrose and the beautiful purple orchid.... I was enthralled by all that nature was offering it even gave me Goosebumps. I felt like Alice in wonderland....Oh my oh my....


Saturday, 8 April 2017

(((Madeira))) plus walking the Essex way

Been back from the Homeland three weeks now! I loved being there and had a really good time with friends coming to visit it was as if I had never left home, but with a different scenery.

We took our friends sight seeing to Pico Ruivo  we even had a walk down the path so that we could take our photos it was a lovely day, my friend Paula loved the mountains, quite a different terrain that we are used to, from there Hubby drove to Ribeiro frio where we stopped for lunch of course it had to be a picnic surrounded by trees. And the last stop was a walk to Balcons miradouro, and then home.

It would've been nice to walk a little farther but I was a little worried just in case I had trouble getting back after all my foot is still adjusting to the walking. Now I am back home and making great progress, foot is getting stronger having resumed my walking through our beautiful footpaths, and the countryside is beautiful  spring is on its way...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017


My stay in the homeland has been really good this time! Have had friends to stay and the company has been good had no time to get bored! Also have been making friends here...
This year  was very fortunate, that my dear brother Luis and his wife Fernanda also came to Madeira from the mainland where he lives, so we had a get together with some of our cousins it was so lovely to have everyone here and we all had a lot to talk about remembering when as children our families used to get together like Christmas.

Once again my homeland has brought back a lot of good memories that I have been treasuring.