Sunday, 29 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

Woken up feeling dejected! With so many people around me, how can I feel so lonely? This feeling weighing on my heart that I am missing something in my life because at times, I feel like crying but then I remember the good times and it is bearable to go on living with what I have and not wish for the moon.

Am still looking for that light at the end of the tunnel.
Since the death of my sister, our lives and family have changed, but not for the better, I feel that not only have I lost my other half but also lost the family that I loved so much.
We were so happy! or at least I thought we were, and then I lost another Sister she just decided that she did not need me in her life and without an explanation, she left me wondering what I had done wrong! She says that she has all that she needs with her daughters and grandchildren I feel so sad I have lost so much.
But am so blessed with my girls and my little darling, also still have the rest of the family talking to each other, so I should be thankful and not wish for the moon.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

At long last the weather is warming slowly I must say! we had a few days with scorching temperatures, my friend and I decided that we did not need jackets, so on Monday, we set off to the woods minus jackets, big mistake halfway to the woods we were shivering lol what happened to that lovely weather. But it was worth the discomfort the woods looked lovely with the bluebells in between trees and the birdsong it certainly made one feel warm.

As we walk along looking in the undergrowth hoping to find the early purple orchids, so after a while looking, my friend calls to me, Ana I found one come and look! and there it was, a lovely purple orchid we kept looking and found a few more, now we can go home happy. Now I know how the Victorian plant hunters felt. It is so exciting roaming through the woods and finding these exquisite wildflowers we do live in a charmed and amazing world...
Hawthorn blossom


wheat field




Early purple orchid

Early purple orchid

Wood anemone

Dog violet

Monday, 9 April 2018

Walking the Essex way

My friend Paula and I have been walking some of the footpaths of Essex way for twenty years, and we never get tired of the scenery before us. It is always a wonder of Gods creation.
I had a little change of the usual scenery, together with a group of friends Hubby and I traveled to North Devon to Ilfracombe a favorite in the Victorian and Edwardian periods with its private beaches certainly the most interesting are the tunnels, to the bathing beaches, most conveniently near the town center along subterranean tunnels leading to the beaches.
The rock pools at Tunnels beaches were made world famous in the Victorian time's thanks to Philip Henry Gosse the renowned Victorian biologist and friend of Charles Darwin, who discovered several new species here. In turn, thousands of tourists came to enjoy the bathing beaches shell collecting and rock pooling.
The rugged nature of the coastline and the tidal range allows access to very rare species on low tides.

I just love the history of Ilfracombe, I have read that in 1823 a team of Welsh miners hand carved through the cliffs and subsequently built three tidal pools, two for the ladies and one for the gentleman. The beaches were renamed Tunnels beaches. 
Prior to the carving of the tunnels the coves and caves were being used by smugglers, also De Tracey apparently took refuge in one of the caves after the murder of Thomas A Becket. Ilfracombe, are a must if you ever visit North Devon, I just loved the town and walking through  the tunnels coming out on the other side the rock formation the seaweed with the limpets also was surprised at the blake sand too, trully an amazing place.