Back In The High Life Again

Those who remember the music of the 1980s may recall a song by Steve Winwood called “Back In The High Life Again”. He wrote about closed doors opening up, and we had that sort of feeling recently as we travelled to Keswick in Cumbria for our annual walking week with our Ramblers Group. It was…

Unlocked – Or Are We?

Spring is done and as we stumble into Summer we can look back on a testing few months.  Nature was in an extended lockdown of its own because of the cold and dry April which delayed all the new growth. May was not much better, still cold in the beginning, but also very wet, which…

Same Lockdown – Different Year

It is the first day of Meteorological Spring (1 Mar), and there is evidence all around that the dark winter days are beginning to recede. Snow drops are out in abundance, and the tiny, but lovely rich yellow, white, and purple Crocus are open, showing off and displaying their striking colours. The bird life around…

Goodbye 2020

Goodbye 2020. A dramatic year of fire (Australian Bush), plague (Covid) and stay at home. New phrases have entered our language such as “Social Distancing”, “Lockdown” “Staycation” and “R” Number”. Instead of signing off e-mails and messages with Best Wishes or “Regards”, we now exhort friends and relatives to “Stay Safe”. Who had heard of…

Break Away – Part 2

One of the joys of travelling to the Lake District are the opportunities for some “focussed” (forgive the pun) landscape photography. Our recent trip was no exception and so that these images do not get lost in the main part of the blog, I have set them out in a separate blog, here. I think…

Break Away

All through summer we have watched as the Covid numbers dropped, people started going on holiday and everyone relaxed, thinking it was all over. We had planned two weeks away at the end of September and we waited eagerly anticipating “our turn” to get away. We had chosen two destinations with walking in mind for…

Buzzie’s Adventure

Hello, my name is Buster and I am a West Highland Terror, sorry Terrier! I live next door but one to David and Lyn and I am one of five dogs. I am the boss and as you can imagine, it is hard work trying to keep my tribe in order. Oh, I forgot to…

Expanding Horizons

Sunrise on a new day This year so far has been one of going no-where. Staying at home though has given us a chance to literally watch our garden grow and change almost day by day.  The pace of life has slowed dramatically, although the time seems to be accelerating as we slide inexorably into…

Independence Day – Lockdown Blog 5

It had been billed as England’s Independence Day. (Scotland and Wales have their own agendas – please don’t ask!). After 104 days of lockdown and restrictions, Saturday 4 July was the date that most people had been waiting for.  Life would apparently return to a semblance of normal, in that, we could get a haircut,…

Lockdown Blog 4 – Along Came Summer

According to the Meteorological Office, in the UK summer officially began on 1 June. They define the season as spanning June, July and August.  However, astronomically the start of summer may be defined as commencing at the solstice,  the time of maximal insolation, often identified with the 21st day of June.  Insolation refers to the maximum…