Monday, 17 January 2022

Robert the birch sapling in our garden and other wonders of nature

Robert the birch sapling in our garden and other wonders of nature

I LOVE everything about the natural world. Birdsong, colours, scents, textures and the sound of the wind through grassland and trees. ...

 

Enchanting woodland at equestrian centre is a treat to end year

Enchanting woodland at equestrian centre is a treat to end year

WHERE does time go? As I get older, the months and years seem to fly by. It feels like I turned in at 10pm on a summer’s evening and ...

 

My cure for winter blues... a walk in the wild and cuddle with cats

My cure for winter blues... a walk in the wild and cuddle with cats

BEFORE breakfast the two of us take our customary stroll around our back garden. It is still quite dark as we always get up early. The ...

 

Special place with ancient thoroughfares and pleasant woodlands

Special place with ancient thoroughfares and pleasant woodlands

IT is very windy this morning, so we will avoid any dodgy-looking trees in danger of falling while we are out. Happily, the sun is ...

 

Strange finds in woods like something out of Alice in Wonderland

Strange finds in woods like something out of Alice in Wonderland

AFTER waking up at 6.30am, I listen to the weather forecast on the radio. It seems that it will be fine today. Downstairs, Rosemary ...

 

Back on the golf course, not to hit a ball but admire beauty of nature

Back on the golf course, not to hit a ball but admire beauty of nature

ROSEMARY and I decide to have a look around a large, green open space in Emmer Green that’s within walking distance of home but is not ...

 

I’m in awe of this ancient land now in the glorious grip of autumn

I’m in awe of this ancient land now in the glorious grip of autumn

IT has been some time since we have walked around Collins End, near Goring Heath. Rosemary suggested that we stay close to home as we ...

 

Lovely walk in autumnal woods before we welcome furry additions

Lovely walk in autumnal woods before we welcome furry additions

BINFIELD HEATH is a bit of a wonder with its enchanting woods, large ponds, unexpected streams, sudden wide views, earthy scents, ...

 

Back to the comfort of autumnal common after losing our little friend

Back to the comfort of autumnal common after losing our little friend

WE are both sad today (I’ll explain later) so I ask Rosemary to choose the destination for our outing. She suggests returning to ...

 

What a joy to discover gorgeous new territory (except for a tricky stile)

What a joy to discover gorgeous new territory (except for a tricky stile)

AFTER looking at my Ordnance Survey Explorer map, I suggest to Rosemary that we visit some unexplored land between Bix, Nettlebed and ...

 

Ramble among the brambles, then home to our new ‘family’ of birds

Ramble among the brambles, then home to our new ‘family’ of birds

AFTER last week’s visit to Shiplake Copse, we return to Binfield Heath. I’d promised Rosemary that we would explore more of this ...

 

Disturbing return to woodland haven where wildlife once thrived

Disturbing return to woodland haven where wildlife once thrived

MY wife says she wants to visit somewhere new but not too far away. I unfold my local Explorer OS map and select a small but varied ...

 

Abandoned ancient hamlet is now covered in trees and rather spooky

Abandoned ancient hamlet is now covered in trees and rather spooky

WE stay local today as we are not sure when or where we can purchase any fuel for our car. Clayfield Copse is just a stone’s throw ...

 

Such natural beauty along the riverside that I almost break into poetry

Such natural beauty along the riverside that I almost break into poetry

ONCE again, we head out early today. Rosemary drives us to Henley and parks in the Mill Lane car park shortly before 10am. We set off ...

 

Quiet rural hideaway where we can take our time to admire nature

Quiet rural hideaway where we can take our time to admire nature

ON an early September morning we head out to Newnhamhill Bottom, which lies in a dip in the land below and to the north of Stoke Row ...

 

Wonderful old woodland with some strange-looking trees of all varieties

Wonderful old woodland with some strange-looking trees of all varieties

AFTER a good 10 months’ absence, we find ourselves back in Harpsden Wood, just over a mile south of Henley. Owned by the Woodland ...

 

Riverside plants seem to extend their flowering season every year

Riverside plants seem to extend their flowering season every year

AFTER leaving home in Caversham, we head towards Henley on the A4155. We love the sign that welcomes us into Oxfordshire. As we pass ...

 

Successful search for fungi with professor (and a detour via the pub)

Successful search for fungi with professor (and a detour via the pub)

AT 10.20am on the last day of August, we arrive at Nippers Grove, near Wyfold, just north of the ominous sounding Gallowstree Common. ...

 

Return to an old haunt where there’s always something new to see

Return to an old haunt where there’s always something new to see

IT’S just after 7am so I get up. Rosemary is ahead of me after being hassled by our perpetually hungry cat Cilla, as usual. She is, as ...

 

Deer and slugs eat helleborine heads while I enjoy half rack of ribs

Deer and slugs eat helleborine heads while I enjoy half rack of ribs

THE weather forecast on the radio had sounded gloomy but the morning turns out to be bright, so we set off after breakfast to explore. ...

 

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