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August 17th 2020
Published: August 22nd 2020
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Its been a while since I last wrote a blog - our wonderful adventures travelling having been suddenly cut short … … Lucky for us we had returned from an amazing journey around China just before the Covid outbreak started but since then life for us all has changed dramatically.

I would like to say a big thank you to fellow travel blogger, Alex Waring - your recent inspirational blog made me put pen to paper again and really appreciate what we have on our very own doorstep. My feet had been itching so badly through the months of March, April, May and June with ever tighter travel restrictions coming in so ‘thick and fast’ and travel limited and then stopped altogether ... ... ... never in my lifetime could I have imagined this happening.

Paul and I do count our blessings every day and have been fortunate, living as we do in the beautiful English countryside, but feel so sorry for those who live in the big cities during these difficult times. We have been able to get outside and enjoy an abundance of wildlife and nature all around our home in Hampshire, and lucky for us this year has seen some very good weather for a change … … It makes one realise that you do not have to travel too far to ease your wanderlust - you just have to look at what you have close by and make the most of that.

Like so many others we have had to cancel several trips both 'home and abroad', initially waiting for some health results to obtain travel insurance for Paul and then of course the arrival of Covid 19. Since then our 2020 travel plans have been thrown right out of the window ... ... ... Early in the year we had planned a visit to Norfolk to see family, the broads, the fens and of course the wildlife; to visit Wales to see family and the puffins on Skomer Island and later in the year to Madagascar to see and photograph some of the 110 currently known species of Lemur. I had spent months planning a long trip with the help of Derek Schuurman of Rainbow Tours and would throughly recommend him if you are planning at some time in the future of course to visit the country, he really is an expert and extremely helpful.

Back to now and the year is galloping on with no sign of Covid disappearing and we are already in August - but at last we have been able to enjoy our first break away of the year - a staycation of course with all the usual British inclement weather over the course of one week. Nevertheless less we have been lucky as we have just returned from a delightful time in Cornwall to celebrate our younger daughter’s 50th birthday - how did that happen, having two daughters over 50 …. … …

This year has been so very different for everyone in every corner of the world and has changed all our lives forever. Several of our cancelled trips were in the UK where we planned to catch up with family but I am sure we will be able to re-arrange these for next year. Although sadly one trip we planned was our annual visit to our Aunt, Sister Anne Gabrielle, my father’s sister who lived at St Joesphs Convent, Llantarnam Abbey in Wales and this year was celebrating her 98th birthday. Sadly she died peacefully in her sleep in July at the convent where she had lived and worked since taking her Final Vows in August 1945.

She was one of the first pioneers who set about cleaning and preparing Llantarnam Abbey which had been used by the American Airforce during the war. Just after she arrived at the Abbey the UK was hit by great snowstorms, however nothing would stop Sister Anne Gabrielle and her fellow Sisters trudging across the fields and then into Newport in order to get to the schools where they taught the local children. I can vividly remember my Aunt saying that she struggled knee deep in snow with her habit dragging her down but always made it to her school with a smile. Her determination not to let anyone down was a hallmark of her life and she continued to work with the same drive and enthusiasm until she was well into her nineties, even when she retired from teaching she then took on another role looking after administration and researching the history of the Abbey.

It was so sad that we were unable to visit her during her short illness and that we had had to cancel a visit in May because of coronavirus as the Abbey was closed to visitors, but luckily they had kept the virus at bay. With restrictions slightly lifted my brother Malcolm, sister Gillian, sister in law Sue and I were able to attend her funeral which was limited to just twenty people, that being said we were luckier than many. Sadly my other sister, Frances could not make it but we were there for her too. The Sisters at the convent made us feel so welcome and the graveside only service was held in the sunshine, my dear Aunty Joey would have enjoyed that as she loved the great outdoors. The short service was conducted by Canon John Griffiths, with a moving Eulogy read by Sister Maria Goretti and family reflections given by my brother and I. Sister Anne Gabrielle had touched so many lives and it was heartwarming to see such wonderful tributes paid to her on social media. She will be sorely missed by us her family and the Sisters at the convent as well as all those that knew her in Newport who will remember her steadfastness and commitment as a Sister of St Joseph of Annecy. In her Eulogy, Sister Maria Goretti said, ‘almost until the end of her life, Sr. Anne Gabrielle’s footsteps could be heard in the tribune at 6.30 each morning - may she rest in eternal peace with her footsteps walking now in heaven.


As well as a visit to our Aunt in May we were then going to visit Skomer Island less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Well known for its puffins at this time of year but also the island is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife including Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seal, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the unique Skomer Vole. The latest count of the comical puffins on Skomer estimated there to be around 24,000 individual birds and although slightly down on 2018, happily it is part of a long term upward trend, which has seen the population almost treble in 15 years. I am sure when we visit next year it will be a ‘bumper year’ for them having enjoyed the island mainly to themselves this year with all visitsors still cancelled. We have already booked a place to visit the island next year and will keep our fingers and toes crossed that we are able to get there this time - watch this space for a future blog.


In March we cancelled a trip to Norfolk where we had hoped to catch up on some relatives that we have not seen for many years. Paul was born in Norfolk and although he only spent a few years there has many pleasant memories. North Norfolk is a birdwatchers' paradise with rare birds often paying a visit due to north Norfolk’s close proximity to the European continental mainland, and there is a wealth of nature reserves to get up close too many unique species all within the county. We had hoped to make the most of a visit from the flat Fenland in the west, the freshwater Broads in the east and the the coastal dunes and marshes in the north, but hopefully will be able to rearrange a similar trip sometime next year.


Having lived in Hampshire for over 40 years we have been delighted to find many new walks around the area, which without the travel restrictions we may not have found and this has kept us sane. We have been able to watch the changing face of nature both in the garden and in the farmlands all around our village from late winter into late summer.

In the garden we have seen many young birds emerge from their nests with their parents busily trying to keep them all well fed - no easy task when you sometimes have so many … … … We have a small waterfall pond which the birds like to visit to drink and bathe. Amongst those birds visiting the garden during lockdown we have seen; Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Rook, Crow, Magpie, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Robin, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tail Tit, Blackcap, Tree and House Sparrow and the tiny Wren. In May we spotted for only the second time in the garden a Goldcrest, Europe’s smallest bird - with its beautiful yellow crest its a striking bird. We also spotted for the very first time in the garden a beautiful Siskin with its young which came down to the pond to drink.

In the arable fields around our village all have been planted, fed, watered and harvested mainly with either Wheat, Barley or Oats and some with the bright yellow Rapeseed that makes a colourful picture after the striking red of wild poppies. Just today we came across a field covered in eye catching purple flowers - everywhere there has been a kaleidoscope of colours. Not sure what this purple crop was but after some research I found out they were Phacelia (Blue or Purple Tansy). A nitrogen holder and weed suppressor, the flowers are particularly good at attracting bees and other beneficial insects and also the plant is used as a soil improving green manure. Our chalky soil where we live definitely needs a lot of improvement!

The skies over Hampshire have seen more Red Kites this year as well as an abundance of Common Buzzards and we have also seen Swallows and House Martins too although not in great numbers and also the number of Yellowhammers seem to have greatly increased. Walking the tracks around the fields we have seen plenty of wildlife including, Pheasant & Partridge and Rabbits & Brown Hares, one day we came across a group of five Hares 'boxing' for females and territory. We have come across Muntjac and Roe Deer some with their young hiding in the long grass. The quietness that became part of the Covid lockdown enabled one to hear more birdsong than ever before - quite astounding. During our hikes the fields around us were buzzing with the sound of the Skylark from morning to night - I even spotted one right close up, staying completely still in front of us, hoping that we did not see its nearby nest - they usually soar into the sky trying to distract one from their young whilst singing loudly.

We also heard a very unusual call one day and later someone mentioned that they had seen a Hoopoe in a field on the edge of our village - a very rare visitor to the area. We used to see and hear these a lot when our daughter and son in law lived in Dubai, as they used to visit their garden digging into the sandy soil for grubs, but have never seen them in the UK - there sound is quite unique and although we didn’t get to see this one at least we had heard its call. This bird is quite unlike any other European bird particularly when it raises its flamboyant fan-shaped crest - just beautiful.

Another call we heard this year which we have not heard for many a year was the sound of the Cuckoo - sadly though it flew off before I could reach for my camera. On another walk a small Weasel walked right up to us before realising that we were the ‘enemy’ and it scamped off with a very surprised look on its face …. … … isn’t nature wonderful always throwing up something new.


Living close to Winchester we are lucky to have many walks from the city into the countryside around it. One day we hiked to the top of St Catherine’s Hill which has amazing views of the city of Winchester and even spotted a small Whitethroat in the thick vegetation on the track that leads to the Hockley Viaduct - the meadows here have an abundance of Orchids including the beautiful Bee Orchid. For many years the Viaduct carried the railway over the water meadows, and with the building of the M3 around Winchester was in danger of being lost but in recent years has been beautifully restored. A couple of miles from the centre of Winchester it's a lovely peaceful walk through wooded areas, with views of the river and you can also walk right across the top of the viaduct now. The viaduct itself also has wonderful views looking back towards Winchester, and if you carry on over the viaduct and follow the path round to the other side of the field, you can look back and up for views of the viaduct itself.


Around Winchester we have also found two delightful areas to walk amongst nature, one of which is only a mile's hike from the city centre. Magdalen Hill Down is a large reserve on a steep, chalk downland and hill-top, once the site of Winchester's ancient fair, and a large army camp during WW1. There are some informative notice boards of what you are likely to spot and a chalkboard for recording daily sightings as well as a couple of notice boards explaining life at the Morn Hill Camps. In the Great Hall in Winchester there is a memorial to commemorate all the troops who passed through the camps in those dark days. The camps could accommodation 50,000 troops - at that time Winchester only had a population of 20,000 but you can add at least another 100,000 to that number now .. .

Those days long gone the area is now nationally recognised for the many butterfly species it supports – with more than 10,000 seen every year. The nature reserve was established in 1999 especially to protect butterflies and is in a superb location, basically at the end of the South Downs Way. A long distance footpath and bridleway running along the South Downs from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex. The reserve is particularly well known for its abundance of Small Blue and Chalk Hill Blue butterflies and we did indeed spot many on our visits.

As well as the wildlife the reserve has awesome views over St Catherine’s Hill and down to the tiny village of Chilcomb and north towards my home village. You can take a footpath down the steep hill to Chilcomb, which has a delightful Norman Church (1120-1140).

The reserve has been extended twice to take in more arable land for conversion back to chalk downland and what an amazing place it is - wish we had found it years ago but now we have we will be back. As well as an abundance of butterflies, moths and insects there are many birds and someone recently spotted a Stoat in the reserve. At the Winchester city end of the reserve there are several Bronze Age round burial mounds which are fascinating to see. Squashed, as the reserve is between the A31 and B3404 its amazing that so much wildlife thrives there but it does.

On several trips to the reserve we saw more species of Butterflies than I had ever seen in a day. What a beautiful setting this chalkhill just outside Winchester is. In July we spotted the aptly named Chalkhill Blue; the Common Blue, Marble White, the beautiful Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, six-spot Burnet and its caterpillars as well as several species we could not name. Together with hundreds of wild flowers including huge displays of Scabious, Wild Marjoram and Horseshoe Vetch draped across the hillside - just stunning ... ... …. definitely worth a visit at any time of year if you are in the area.


On the opposite side of the city of Winchester is another chalk hill setting, smaller than Magdalen Hill but nevertheless worth a visit. Easily accessible from Winchester, Yew Tree Hill, has an abundance of wildflowers and butterflies that enjoy its chalky soil. We spotted many on our visit including the aptly named Common Blue, the male has bright blue wings with a brown border and white fringe and orange spots on the underside of its hindwing, whereas the female is brown with a blue 'dusting' near the body. The reserve is traversed by a bridleway flanked by an ancient hedgerow and you can hike to nearby Compton - on the way we saw many raptors soaring above the reserve and blackberries ripening in the sunshine.


Winchester Cathedral has become the permanent home for a pair of Peregrines and hopefully they are making a comeback to the area. Peregrines have not had an easy time because they like to eat pigeons and the Government ordered for many to be killed during the WW2. This was so that they did not intercept pigeons carrying secret messages and subsequently they disappeared from southern England completed until from the 1940s to the 1980s. In the 1990s a pair nested on Fawley Power Station in Southampton and then in 2011 a pair built a nest on the Police Headquarters in Winchester and they continued to nest there each year until 2017 when the building was demolished. Knowing that the birds liked sitting on Winchester Cathedral it was thought that they might try to nest there, and indeed they did – in a gulley in 2017 but sadly, heavy rain flooded the nest. In 2018 a raised nesting tray was built in the same gulley and within weeks of it being installed the birds laid eggs and successfully reared 3 chicks. In 2019 the same pair raised 4 chicks and this year, 2020 they have just reared 5 - maybe it will be another record next year and hopefully the world will be free of this dreadful virus then too.


We are lucky to have many villages and hamlets around us, easily accessible by the many tracks joining up these ancient places. Even though we are great hikers we have never walked so much as we have during these lockdown days. We have discovered many new routes by trying to put a little variety into each time we headed out.

We enjoy many walks that take in some of the above villages with their delightful churches, it will be great to revisit and see inside these churches once they are fully open again after Covid. On one visit behind Holy Trinity Church Wonston we were lucky to spot a beautiful Jay enjoying the peaceful trees sweeping alongside the River Dever that passes along the way but we have yet to spot a Kingfisher - may be next time … … …. A short walk further on in the small hamlet of Hunton there is the scenic church of St James' and a little further on at Stoke Charity is the church of St Mary & St Michael. This Church sits in the middle of a field, surrounding by a scattering of scenic cottages and there is amazing view of it from the old watercress beds that have been restored back to their natural setting after being worked for years for watercress.


As mentioned above we were able to take our visit break away this year and have just returned from a trip to Newlyn in Cornwall. We were indeed blessed with some sunny days on this first trip away from home. From our accommodation we looked out over St Michael's Mount and watched the fishermen head out from Newlyn harbour each day and night. One evening we saw so many boats just off shore and later found out that a huge shoal of Sardines had arrived. Sardines are caught all around the Cornish coast but primarily at Mounts Bay. We watched several stunning Gannets, the largest of all European seabirds dive into the waters around the fishing boats what an amazing sight to see, I just love to watch these majestic birds.

It was great to get away but we were very conscious of the government’s social distancing guidance, so our visit was very different to how it would have been without the virus restrictions. Mainly we were trying to avoid large towns and popular beaches during our week’s holiday for fear of crowds and we spent most days walking the beautiful coastal paths. We were lucky that if you set off early enough you avoided seeing many people and indeed had many stretches of the coastline all to ourselves. The only problem we encountered was when you were on a narrow coastal path and found yourself meeting other walkers, but everyone we met adhered to the social distancing rules.


With the good weather we were fortunate and able to hike a good section of the South West Coastal Path. One day we hiked around the bay to Marazion, mainly flat but sadly not a good walk at the moment as much of the promenade is being redeveloped and you have to walk alongside the road. Once passed this though you can walk along the sand and shingle beach with great views. Most people will not have heard of this small coastal town but many will recognise the iconic shape of St Michael’s Mount, our very own fairytale island and castle in the bay. Over the years we have visited this area many many times, firstly camping and caravanning with our two daughters in the 1970s and now returning with them both in their 50s how amazing is that. The mount is connected to the sandy beach of Marazion by a winding causeway, covered for most of the day by the tides and although we did not walk across this time as the mount was limiting numbers and was fully booked we will be back one day I am sure. We stopped and had a picnic lunch on the beach and our granddaughter ventured into the water but it was far too cold for us. Our youngest daughter, Kerry decided that she needed the loo - luckily the beach had one open, but there was a long queue snaking around the carpark with one in and one out clearly signed - nearly 40 minutes later she ventured back to us. A group of motorbike riders were in front of her and each one took forever getting out of their leathers!!!


On one hike we walked from Newlyn to Mousehole and pottered around this scenic harbour town but once it started getting busy we headed home but not before spotting a Grey Seal playing on the waters edge near the small tidal pool. Mousehole is pronounced 'mowzel', named after a cave the size of a (very large!) Mouse and in the town there was a little silver shop where you could buy a mouse in many a pose … … The town is famous for its Christmas lights, its granite streets and the tiny scenic harbour. The Knights of St John landed here on their return from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Poet Dylan Thomas called it the prettiest village in England, and it is thought that it could have been the inspiration for Llareggub, the fictitious Welsh village in his play 'Under Milk Wood’. Actually the name really does sounds Welsh but as a matter of fact it is an anagram of a rude expression, if you read it backwards that is.

On the way back to our accommodation our walk passed a commemorative plaque to the brave men of RNLB Solomon Browne. The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurred on 19 December 1981 off the coast of Cornwall. A cargo carrying coaster, the Union Star, got into difficulties after its engines failed in winds gusting at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. It was eight miles east of the Wolf Rock off St Mary's in the Scilly Isles. The Sea King helicopter, scrambled at RNAS Culdrose to go to its aid, but was unable to winch anyone to safety because of the winds, so the lifeboat Solomon Browne, based at the Penlee Lifeboat Station was launched. With a crew of eight, including no more than one from any family, as was the custom in poor weather conditions, the Solomon Browne made several futile attempts to get alongside the Union Star in the 60-foot breakers. Eventually it managed to get close enough for four people to board it from the stricken coaster but before anyone was carried safely to shore both vessels went down with all hands; in all, sixteen people died including the eight volunteer lifeboatmen. On 19th December each year, the Christmas lights in Mousehole are switched off for an hour in memory of those who perished on that dreadful night.


On another day we hiked back to Mousehole but then continued on to Lamorna Cove and then returned to Newlyn. Quite a long strenuous 9 mile hike but with delightful views along the way and the beach at Lamorna was a delight. From Mousehole Harbour it is a long steep climb up the road out of the village but once at the top of the hill the hike levels out a little and offered wonderful views out over the bay. The route then continued with some stretches of steep ascent and descent which is quite normal for the Southwest coastal path in Cornwall … … … A good tramp with plenty of ups and downs and we even had to clambered over some very large boulders. We also had to navigate several ‘wobbly’ waterlogged stones, lifting our very tired legs up huge steps before arriving at the headland of Carn Du with a marvellous view of the beach and small hamlet of Lamorna far below. Our family and particularly our granddaughter with her youth took the hike with ease but we had some very tired legs but she was helpful stopping to help me when the going got too tough!

The cove at Lamorna was once used for shipping stone from a now disused quarry - some of this stone was even used to build London Bridge, but nowadays its just an idyllic Cornish cove. Our granddaughter was much braver than us ‘oldies’ and ventured into the very cold water - but we just watched of course. After a picnic lunch and the granddaughter braving the cold water again we grabbed a cup of warm coffee from the little cafe before headed home, returning along the same coastal footpath. This took us back through the Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve, a small wooded area where you had to duck under a low canopy of branches which meet across the path in places, dappling it with shadows. Victorian gardeners brought in Monterey Pine trees from the central Californian coastline to plant in this exposed place to provide a little shelter and later Fuchsia hedges were added to create small flower and potato gardens in the well-drained south-facing cliffs. These gardens were known as 'quillets' and there were more than a hundred of them. Donkeys were used to till the soil and carry seaweed up from the shoreline to fertilise it. Thanks to a mild climate, the flowers and potatoes ripened much earlier in the season than they do elsewhere in Britain. These were then transported to the markets in London. As recently as the 1930s these gardens were still in production but now they are overgrown and split in two by the South West coastal path, but their remnants still remain and the fuchsia hedges were in glorious bloom.

We continued very tired now our ‘up and down’ hike to the clifftop at Penzer Point, before it became easier level walking back along the road and down the hill to Mousehole and then back along the coastline to Newlyn. This really is a fantastic days walk in Cornwall if you are ever this way.


On this hike our eldest daughter, Sharon decided she would like to visit Nanjizal a little cove along the coast from Lands End - having done some research it looked a great place to explore. The beach at Nanjizal is home to the ‘Song of the Sea’, a tall, narrow natural arch that winks at the golden sand, Nanjizal is thought by many to be the finest beach on the Penwith peninsula, in Cornwall's far west. At the beach as well as the arch there are some remarkable natural stone sculptures, including the Diamond Horse – an equine-shaped formation through which sunlight shines with a jewel-like glint. As well as several caves were are numerous anemone studded rock pools which emerge when the sea retreats. It is quite secluded and often deserted which is probably down to its distance from any road or car park.

In fact Paul and I had done this walk many years ago but could not remember much about it. Parking was a problem as the best place was Lands End and of course this would be busy as it is a renowned tourist hotspot. So we booked a car parking spot the night before and set off early hoping to avoid any crowds.

Heading off down the narrow roads from Newlyn the roads were quiet and we soon arrived at Lands End - how this area has changed since our first visit here in the 70s when there was nothing apart from the beautiful scenery, a little cottage and a mileage signpost. It is now a vast complex and leaves a lot to be desired, particularly during these social distancing times so we did not linger.

The cliff top scenery however has not change and either side of the landmark it is just fabulous and so we set off along the coastal path as soon as we arrived away from the carpark and the already gathering crowds.

It was a clear day, all be it a little windy and offshore and clearly visible from the headland was a group of treacherous islets known as The Longships - numerous ships have come to grief here. The Longships Lighthouse was built in 1795 to the design of Trinity House architect, Samuel Wyatt. Even though it stood on the highest islet, Carn Bras, which rises twelve meters above high water level, and the lantern itself was twenty-four meters high, very high seas still obscured its light. A more recent lighthouse is still in use today although since 1988 it has been unmanned. The light is ten seconds bright and ten seconds dark, while a fog signal sounds
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Partial view of Causeway
every ten seconds.

Colourful lichens in rainbow colours from pale greens through to bright orange and mosses coat the rocks scattered through the heath on top of the cliffs for much of the year. Today the primary colours were yellow and varying shades of pink and purple pink - just beautiful. Purple and pink being the colour of the Cornish Heath - the national flower of Cornwall.

As we continued our hike the winds picked up a little and the coastal path became quite narrow and was far too near the edge of the cliffs for me and sadly I had one of my very rare now panic attacks and could not go on so had to turn back. Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights and although I have managed to control it on lots of our travels sadly not this time. Generally, phobias will probably improve with age but some just get worse, Cornwall seems to be my nemesis … … …

The Sheffield part of our family continued though and enjoyed some time on this scenic beach with it sea arches, stacks and magnificent
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View from coastal path
cliffs - it really is a lovely part of Cornwall. I was happy just to see their photographs after which were really good - might get there again one day ... ... ....

Another place that we often visited with our daughters in the 70s was Porthcurno with its scenic open air theatre and so we thought we would stop there on our way back to Newlyn but arriving at the overflowing carpark we took one look and turned around and headed back to our accommodation - we will leave that for another day.


Our last walk of our visit to Cornwall was from Marazion to Perranuthnoe. We cheated this time and took the cars into Marazion and parked in the beach carpark (£6) per vehicle and you could only pay by card.

We walked through the small town and took the road out, there being no path along the seafront. A short while later just passed a small cemetery was a sign to re-join the coastal path. This track took one through a number of fields with lovely views back over St Michael's Mount
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View from the beach
- in fact I think this would be the best place to get photographs of this beautiful castle.

The sun came out and it was getting warm as we followed the coastal path before spotting a little beach below us and a short while later arrived in Perranuthnoe. Our granddaughter was thinking about taking a dip in the sea but as soon as we sat down on the rocks to eat our lunch it started to rain. We managed to have our fill but the rain got heavier and heavier and it was time to pack up and head home. Oh well we said, this is Cornwall and you cannot come to Cornwall and not have rain and mist can you … …

We hope you enjoy reading this very different travel blog, its been fun to put pen to paper again and keep those memories alive. I am not sure where our next travels/trip will be as we do not have any control on that at the moment but when we do head off we hope to see you there … .. …


👣Paul & Sheila



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22nd August 2020

Emerging from Lockdown
I'm so pleased you were able to get out and about. You were very lucky to have such beautiful weather. I've been Following Jennifer Jones (Jengog) who also just emerged with a trip to Devon and Wales, with rain the entire time, and Alex is also experiencing poor weather. I loved your pictures of the flowers and birds.
22nd August 2020

Good old British weather..
Thank you and yes great to be away from home for a while - hope you are keeping well too 😊
22nd August 2020

Missed you
Hi Sheila and Paul , I really missed your blogs but glad to know you have made the most of these surreal times. Your latest one was great. Let's hope a vaccine eventuates soon that will help us get back to normality. Warm Regards, John
23rd August 2020

Long time
Hi John - glad you enjoyed the blog and yes making the most of what we have got right now. Often think of that wonderful African safari with you - maybe one day we will see some more of Africa again. Keep safe Paul & Sheila 👣
23rd August 2020
St Michael's Mount - view from our room

I didn't know of this place before
I didn't know about this place before you wrote about it. I have now added it to our list of places we want to go to. Thanks for writing about it. Otherwise we wouldn't have heard of it. /Ake
27th August 2020
St Michael's Mount - view from our room

St Michaels Mount, Cornwall
Thank you for your comments Ake and yes do add it to your wish list its a magical place indeed.
28th August 2020

Local Blogs
It looks like the travel restrictions have encouraged bloggers to explore and write about things closer to home and it is wonderful as you are the experts. Even when it is a location you have not been to you have lots of friends who recommend those off the beaten track locations. We've been following Alex also. We've gotten some great ideas from both of you. We can't wait to travel again. Lots of great photography. Thanks for taking us along. MJ
29th August 2020

Local Blogs
Thank you MJ - good to hear from you and look forward to seeing more blogs from you once the travel restrictions are lifted. Like us I know you also have many more places to explore, lets hope that the world will open up again really soon, but in the meantime we are will continue to enjoy our local area, all be it going into the winter months ... ... ... Cheers Sheila and Paul
28th August 2020
Young Robin

Fantastic Photography
28th August 2020
Hoopoo in daughters garden in Dubai.

19th October 2020

Aw, Thank You Paul and Sheila 😃
Wow, thank you so much for the lovely comment Paul and Sheila. I'm sorry I've not read this until now, this blog entry is still on my to-read-list, and I hope to get some time to read it properly at some point soon. I just wanted to say for now that I'm very touched to read this 😊 It's lovely that we're all supporting each other during this tricky time for travellers. All the very best to you both.
8th November 2020

Our Beautiful Island Home
I loved reading this, thank you Paul and Sheila. We do indeed live on a wonderful Island, and reading your blog entry reminded me very much of this. It seems as though you have had a wonderful summer and travelling time, despite the circumstances. Thank you for your inspiration, I feel inspired to visit places such as Norfolk, Wales and Cornwall. Also great to hear you've been able to explore the lovely area around Winchester. I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your Aunt. Let us indeed hope that we can travel abroad sometime soon, but in the meantime your blog has given me hope that there is still much to explore in this beautiful island home of ours. Thank you again for the mention, and also for your inspirational blog. All the best to you both.
8th November 2020

Thank you
Glad you enjoyed the blog and all the very best to you too Alex - Happy Travels from us both - Paul and Sheila
23rd December 2020
Hoopoo in daughters garden in Dubai.


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