unexplored corners

Newtown is such a special place. The combination of ancient woodland, meadowland, salt marshes and bird spotting possibilities make it a very busy spot. It’s not far from our home, so we visit often. To really appreciate a place though, I do love to be in it alone. A recent adventure uncovered a hidden gem. Through … More unexplored corners

mobile macro

I got a multi lens attachment for my new mobile. It’s a quality job, with a fish eye and wide-angle lens; it’s really only the macro that I’m interested in though. The windy weather down these parts hasn’t made for the easiest macro photography conditions and it’s not the easiest on the knees. It is, … More mobile macro

bertha’s backside

We caught the tail end of Hurricane Bertha yesterday. Sunday was spent the morning day sheltering from the wind and torrential rain, baking and reading; a lovely foreshadowing of autumn fun to come. The wind didn’t drop much but the rain departed, leaving us a bright, blustery evening to explore Colwell Bay. There were lots of people … More bertha’s backside

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

bombus

I recently read a throughly erudite and entertaining account of the lives of Bombus, the much loved bumble bee. I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last to sing the praises of the teddy bear of the insect world. The familiar drone or a lazy flight across my sight line will always prompt me … More bombus

county show

It must be the height of summer when the Isle of Wight County Show is in town. We were incredibly lucky with the weather; showers forecast all day but not a drop fell, just sunshine and high rising clouds. I love the show, with the best of the rural Wight spread across the sloping fields. I’m … More county show

local love

I’ve not been chasing around the Wight much. End of year reports season is a time for hunkering in front of a screen, tapping away, watching the boxes fill with words about my tiny charges and their progress. No energy left for running and riding unfortunately. It’s not all bad though, as a bit of local … More local love