Alverstone is open!

I was so sad when the hide at Alverstone Mead closed. It had become my go-to place for quiet, contemplative time, usually spent with with some of the Island’s tamer red squirrels. It’s taken a while to complete the repairs, but this wonderful spot is now open again. I’m unsure as to whether the name … More Alverstone is open!

Coast Life

With my better half on the other side of the Atlantic, dogsponsibilities have increased greatly in the last week. Not to complain; any reason to get outdoors is to be appreciated, especially during the glorious spring weather that has enveloped the south of England. Although we’ve had plenty of time under the woodland canopy, many … More Coast Life

Starting Early

The alarm has to be set ever earlier for adventures in the first light. Although we’d planned an early morning run, once Radio 4 interrupted our unconsciousness at five thirty, a slower start of coffee in bed followed by a woodland wander was clearly the more palatable idea. The serenity of an early morning in a town … More Starting Early

Autumn inside and out

Reaching the last days of October and Autumn’s grip is keenly felt now. Doors and windows have been left unopened in order to keep out chill winds. Blankets and layers of clothes carefully tucked into each other have been used to prevent the inevitable onset of central heating season. Protected against the elements, I’ve been … More Autumn inside and out

spring arrives

The hints have been here for weeks now, but the true marker of the arrival of spring must be whether you are willing to sit outside for a picnic. Thankfully, that time arrived while Bryony & I were both still on holiday. Newtown has proven to be the perfect destination for the newest member of our … More spring arrives

Staying Local

Thanks to a Strava challenge, I ran a half marathon on Saturday. I ensured easy navigation by hugging the coast path from Ventnor round to Seaview (I’d initially planned to go all the way round to East Cowes, but this was the triumph of ignorance over my actual physical capability!) It was a lovely run, … More Staying Local

alverstone mead

I recently discovered another wildlife gem on our Island. Tucked away in the rolling hills a couple of miles inland from Sandown is Alverstone Mead, a freshwater nature reserve. It’s a beautifully calm spot, well maintained paths through marshland and woodland. Tucked away in one corner is an elevated hide. Yesterday evening I had it all to … More alverstone mead