Saturday, 27 February 2021

Delightful woodland but slightly spoiled by human intervention

Delightful woodland but slightly spoiled by human intervention

WE arrive at Nuffield and park outside the once popular Crown pub that sits on Gangsdown Hill. Now semi-derelict, it is yet another ...

 

There’s enough people out here for a Sherlock Holmes mystery

There’s enough people out here for a Sherlock Holmes mystery

WHILE Rosemary is going through her morning yoga exercises, I go outside to check on the weather as I never entirely believe the ...

 

Best to keep my clothes on when walking in these temperatures...

Best to keep my clothes on when walking in these temperatures...

MY wife Rosemary refers to me as a “naturist”. I correct her. I’m an amateur naturalist who does not walk in the countryside naked and,...

 

Woodland that’s magical, a winter paradise, but I can’t wait for spring

Woodland that’s magical, a winter paradise, but I can’t wait for spring

I WONDER where we will walk today. After a quick look at Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (171), I propose a visit to some woodland at ...

 

Walking with ghosts and being reminded of my own younger days

Walking with ghosts and being reminded of my own younger days

THIS morning we agree to take another longed-for walk as the weather does look rather clement. I suggest that we stay rather close to ...

 

We’re not alone in seeking pleasure outdoors in these difficult days

We’re not alone in seeking pleasure outdoors in these difficult days

I SPREAD out the Chiltern Hills West Ordnance Survey map over the breakfast table. Rosemary is keen to get out as the weather looks ...

 

Our enjoyable winter’s day walk before last visit to pub for a while

Our enjoyable winter’s day walk before last visit to pub for a while

AS I write, the year 2021 is nearly upon us. The one that we will have left behind has been tumultuous for us all but nature does not ...

 

From strange roots to soaring evergreens, this is genuine woodland

From strange roots to soaring evergreens, this is genuine woodland

WE take an early morning drive north past Cane End and park in Deadman’s Lane. We cross the busy A4074 with caution and head ...

 

Enjoying the glorious countryside on sunny but chilly winter’s day

Enjoying the glorious countryside on sunny but chilly winter’s day

AFTER our enjoyable tour around Coombe End Farm, I suggest to Rosemary that we explore some of the surrounding public footpaths and ...

 

Ancient farmland with charm matched only by its caring custodian

Ancient farmland with charm matched only by its caring custodian

OUT of the blue I receive an email from Jon Hatt, a local farmer. He very kindly invites me and Rosemary on a tour of his farm. We ...

 

Eerie woodland with strangely misshapen trees and the smell of decay

Eerie woodland with strangely misshapen trees and the smell of decay

TODAY we visit Harpsden and Peveril Woods, which are owned by the Woodland Trust. The woods are on relatively high ground on the ...

 

If you don’t know where you’re going, follow George’s good advice

If you don’t know where you’re going, follow George’s good advice

IT is early morning and as the sun rises serene, its light glistens upon the branches and trunks of our trees, now nearly denuded of ...

 

Wonderful woodland on our doorstep and meaningful river lock

Wonderful woodland on our doorstep and meaningful river lock

THIS morning we stay close to home and visit Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Woods just north of Emmer Green. We have not been here for ...

 

Magical woodland with strange sights like something from a fairytale

Magical woodland with strange sights like something from a fairytale

I TAKE a look at the map and suggest to Rosemary that we pay a visit to Ipsden Heath. It is situated on high ground, initially about ...

 

Last few days in lovely countryside (and pubs) before lockdown

Last few days in lovely countryside (and pubs) before lockdown

ALTHOUGH we are in another lockdown, we can still take exercise as long as we don’t stray too far, whatever that means. Rosemary and I ...

 

From our autumnal garden to panoramic hilltop views (via 6in of mud)

From our autumnal garden to panoramic hilltop views (via 6in of mud)

I AM sitting outside on one of our sturdy wooden benches on a sunny morning. A robin “tic-tics” in a tree and then proceeds to sing, a ...

 

We lost our way to this woodland but the wait was well worth it

We lost our way to this woodland but the wait was well worth it

WE are taking advantage of every bright day at our disposal but then you can’t blame us. Rosemary asks me to take her somewhere that ...

 

Remembering a Beatle, crunching on acorns and finding fine fungi

Remembering a Beatle, crunching on acorns and finding fine fungi

AS is usual these days, I’m awoken in the early hours by a soft purring in my left ear. It is our dear little cat Cilla, who was once ...

 

Abundance of natural, strange and beautiful sights in these woods

Abundance of natural, strange and beautiful sights in these woods

A FEW days ago, we thought to explore some of the country that we looked at longingly from Rocky Lane on our recent visit to the Greys ...

 

Strange: Migratory birds that are still here and fruit-loving chickens

Strange: Migratory birds that are still here and fruit-loving chickens

A ROBIN in our garden has begun to sing and I notice that the swifts have left, a sure sign that autumn is upon us. Speckled wood and ...

 

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