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Monday, 17 September 2018

START AND FINISH AT THE LITTON!



For today's walk Belinda, Jenny and I started at The Litton, a great pub/hotel which is open all day for drinks and eats - a good place to end a walk!  It is situated in Litton, a pretty village not far from Wells, which is full of lovely houses...


It was a grey morning with moisture in the air - great for the skin, but not so good for hair!  There were plenty of footpaths to follow.  We had instructions issued by the pub, but I think they were rather old and access had changed since they were issued!  We did get a bit lost, but found some interesting woods and expansive landscapes...


There were plenty of signs of Autumn with loads of seed heads and berries, especially blackberries.  I remembered to take a container to collect some in.  There is nothing like foraged food!


It was a relief to find our way back to The Litton and have drinks, sitting on comfortable sofas, in a relaxed country house atmosphere that mixes old with new...


Monday, 10 September 2018

BACK TO WALKING!


Today Jenny and I have started our walks again!  We have both had a summer full of family problems and commitments, but we have both decided that we need to get fitter and more active. We will go as and when we have time.  I go wild swimming and do pilates as well as my artwork, and Jenny has her health and beauty business, so finding time is always a problem.  We will go on Monday mornings for a start and hopefully Belinda will be joining us...


Today was a gentle introduction with a walk around Kilver Court  - see top pics, and a look at what was new in the High Street - see above.  Since our regular walks there has been a number of changes with businesses closing, moving or opening...

There has also been some artwork added, in the form of mosaics made from recycled china etc. (see top middle pic). This is part of the Recycled Art Project which has taken over what used to be a bank in Shepton.  It is now a cafe and hub of art activity and workshops which is going to produce artworks all over Shepton as part of Somerset Art Weeks.  These will be featuring in future posts...

            

Monday, 23 July 2018

SHAPWICK HEATH IS GREAT FOR WILDLIFE!


Early this morning, in the coolest part of the day, Belinda and I went looking for nature at the Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, which is run by Natural England. The area was created from land on the Somerset Levels from which peat had been extracted.  It was flooded to make ideal wetland habitats and reed beds for birds and other wildlife.


After parking in the allocated car park, we headed along a broad walk made from recycled plastic.  Despite the current heatwave, everything here was green and luscious, even some of the still water which was covered in green algae. 


We went up high into one of the bird hides overlooking one of the lakes, to see what birds we could spot - see pic above.  It was mostly swans, ducks, cormorants, seagulls and herons.  A photographer in the hide told us there was a rare purple heron out there, but we couldn't see it with the naked eye!


To finish a great morning, we had breakfast in the Rainbow's End Cafe in Glastonbury.  We were joined by a delightful black bird who dined on our crumbs...


Monday, 9 July 2018

HOT, HOT, HOT!


This was the first walk I have done for some time.  Family health issues meant that I was needed at home, but today it was great to get out in the early morning with Belinda.  The last couple of weeks have been so hot and sunny that early morning is the best time for a walk!  We chose lanes and footpaths that had plenty of shade...
  

Despite the heat, we saw some beautiful flower displays. Somebody must be doing plenty of watering!


The crops are ripening fast and the farmers have already been harvesting.  Towards the end of the walk, temperatures were so high that the cattle, pictured above, had found that sticking their heads in the hedge was the way to keep cool!


Monday, 28 May 2018

YELLOW IS THE COLOUR OF THE MOMENT!


These two photographs sum up this morning's walk with Belinda.  The grass on the fields above Shepton was long, luscious and wet!  The weather was hazy, warm and muggy, with the promise of a hot sunny day to come.  The wildflowers were everywhere, in abundance. A few weeks ago the fields were a mass of yellow dandelions, now it is the turn of the buttercups.
  

For me, yellow is the colour of spring in the countryside, not only the wildflowers, but the fields of oilseed rape provide fabulous blocks of brilliant yellow at this time of year...

   

Monday, 21 May 2018

A WOOD FOR ALL THE SENSES!


Today I had a magical walk with Belinda in Harridge Woods, a Somerset Wildlife Nature Reserve. It was an assault on all the senses.

Our eyes were treated to the early morning sunlight filtering through the trees onto lush greenery and carpets of wild garlic, which could also be detected by the pungent smell!  As we walked down into the bottom of the wooded valley, there was the sound of birdsong and gushing water from the fast flowing Mells River.



Belinda and I try to time our walks in these beautiful woods to coincide with the wild garlic season, as it is a wondrous sight. We couldn't stop taking photographs!  We also picked a few leaves to take home to add to our cooking! 




Finally, being in the woods with magnificent tall trees and dappled sunlight was like being in a natural cathedral - wonderful for my sense of well-being and good for the soul...


Monday, 16 April 2018

SPRING WEATHER AT LAST!

Today, Belinda, Jenny and I had a lovely walk with sunshine!  Spring has at last arrived!  After weeks of cold, wind and rain, it was wonderful to see the sun and Spring flowers...


We walked to Bowlish and up a hilly lane, before heading over fields and footpaths back to Shepton, despite Jenny's request that we didn't go up any steep slopes!  She hasn't walked for a while and was not feeling fit!  We have all been remiss about walking lately and remarked how much enjoyment and benefit we were getting...


We saw a good selection of birds today, including some sweet ducklings in Collett Park - see the largest pic above.  I really needed a telephoto lens to photograph them so they looked more than fluffy dots! 

  
We walked home up the High Street looking at the latest changes - shops have closed down but there are some new businesses, including Junk Soul Brother, where Jenny did some window shopping - see above right.  She also had a good look at my latest window design in the One Craft Gallery, celebrating Spring - see main photograph.

There was plenty of talking and catching up today and we vowed that we ought to get into the walking habit again...