Travel and Walks



View from The Lizard Cornwall 

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Northamptonshire & Bedfordshire – View

Scafell Pike Cumbria  2011 – view

Snowdon North Wales 2010 – view

The Seven Sisters Sussex – view 

Helvelyn Cumbria – view


Harlestone Firs

the ‘Firs’ are located opposite Dobbies Garden Centre at  44 Harlestone Rd, Northampton NN7 4EW which is on the northern edge of Northampton.   There is a large lay-by for parking. However, at weekends it gets very, very busy and parking can be a problem. Vehicles by and large do not observe the speed limits at all. So if you have pets or children do take care.

That Ruddy! Shelduck

Two days, two places, two walks and very few birds. However, lovely weather, in fact too hot on the Monday, and the weather is expected to stay for over a week.  The highlight for me was a Ruddy Shelduck at Ravensthorpe Reservoir. Apparently this individual has moved...

Summer Leys LNR July 2020

    I visit Summer Leys LNR often. As you walk around and get your daily exercise you should also take in other delights depending on your interests, and there is lots to see and photograph, if you look.Summer Leys is managed and maintained by the...

A Day of Two Halves

    In amongst days of poor weather Sunday 12/7/20 turned out to be very nice.   As I pottered about the garden watering the Bonsai, Tomatoes the new Grape vine ( Chasselas Dore De Fontainbleau) and the other plants and trees I noticed that there was...

Harrington Airfield

Looking west towards Clipston areaHARRINGTON AIRFIELD Harrington airfield, known as Station 179 during WW2, was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army as a Class A airfield intended for heavy bomber use, the main runway length being...

The Birds and the Bees

Yesterday I visited Summer Leys Nature Reserve thinking huge space no problem, there were lots of people and in some parts of the walk you cannot avoid them. Anyway some great photography and good bird spotting. Especially the Common Snipe, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Finches, Tits and Chiffchafs.   That evening the BCN WT closed the car park for the time being.


Day 1 – Monday March 16th 2020

"UK PM Johnson: Everyone should now avoid social contact with others" Is the day that I decided to keep myself away from potential sources of the Corvid-19 Virus. Whether I shall be successful will been obvious later in the year. So no cafes and pubs in the main....

The Week before Storm Ciara

A Waxing Gibbious Moon 6th February 2020A bitty week with jus a few small trips this week visiting Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Stortons Gravel Pits area and Summer Leys nature reserve. Weather was mixed but mostly sunny but cold winds. One or two nice sunsets and misty...

Moons, Rain and Birds

A Robin at Stortons Gravel Pits January 2020 is almost over, it has been wet almost the whole month and has left lakes and rivers bursting and dangerously full. Trips out have been hampered by the poor light and water logged walkways. Ravensthorpe for example is...

Ravensthorpe, Mud & Damage

Two images stitched togetherI visit Ravensthorpe on many occasions. It is a pleasant short walk which walking non stop would take about 30 minutes. Stopping and starting it turns into an hour or more. Usually with a wide selection of bird life to observe including...

RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh - Lincolnshire - 3rd September 2019   I think I visited Frampton Marsh on a 'quiet' day. There were birds about but not in any large numbers apart from flocks of...

Summer Leys Nature Reserve

Summer Leys Nature Reserve is part of the The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. It is a place I now visit very regularly for two reasons, a very nice walk and good opportunities to see and photograph wildlife.  It is situated on Hardwater Road near Wollaston.

RSPB Minsmere

I started by taking the woodland walk to find the Bittern Hide and eventually the Island Mere Hide. Just into the woods and there in front of me a Tree Creeper. I still have not got a good image of a Tree Creeper and failed on this day as well. Good to observe it though. Once in the Bittern Hide, no sign of one (another day then). I did see a Marsh Harrier in the distance.

Dungeness Kent

I was advised that I would enjoy Dungeness for its photographic opportunities and strangeness.  

I researched the area before visiting and writers often use colourful language to describe it, using words like dystopian, bleak, stark and wild.  I had looked at a variety of images of the area and therefore had a sort of preconception about it. 

Stortons Gravel Pits

Anyway just a few yards from the car park and you are on your own, and rarely see other people walking about. Some days you will see very little wildlife but others and you may see lots. On one occasion I have seen otters in the river.

Lanzarote Canaries

Lanzarote, is one of the canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Close enough for the Sahara sand to blow to the islands in huge amounts. It is largely volcanic and in relative terms has has recent eruptions

Osprey at Ravensthorpe

I decide to pop! along to Ravensthorpe to maybe sit in my car and watch for birds etc. As I arrived it stopped raining and the sky cleared a little with even some sun peircing through the clouds. I judged that I had time to walk around the reservoir, which I did.

Rutland Water

Rutland Water is BIG! Not something you do in a day, however more importantly it is somewhere you may visit many times especially if you are interested in birds and nature.

Nikon D7200 – New Camera!

On Saturday 16th March 2019 I purchased a new camera body, a Nikon D7200 replacing my old faithful Nikon D80. I had deliberated for some time but my growing feeling of loosing out finally came to a head. I had noticed for some time that certain images posted on Flickr...

London Days Out

There are so many photo opportunities in London, people, animals, buildings, transport, flowers and plants, the river and objects. If I am on my own I tend to wander aimlessly and try to explore streets I have not been along before (I lived there for 12 years).  However, for example, just on my last trip I found a hidden pub in the heart of Covent Garden that I did not know existed.

North Norfolk

Although I love walking/climbing mountains and hills one of my favourite places to walk is the beaches around the Brancaster/Wells area of Norfolk.

The Seven Sisters

Who needs to go to Cumbria, Wales or Scotland to climb mountains? You can do it on the south coast. I read about this walk in a walking magazine. So over the summer holidays 2011, decided to do it.

Week 28th January to 3rd February

bitter cold day especially when exposed to the wind, but, lots of sunshine. On route around the at St Marys pond were 2 GWE and a LE amongst the usual mix of waterfowl including big numbers of Shovellers.


Ahead now is Striding Edge it is clearly visible. Follow the path towards it. Below to the right of you is Red Tarn and opposite is Catstye Cam. 

Scafell Pike 2011

SCAFELL PIKE -  APRIL 2011   This walk began at Wasdale Head car park (NY18720 08502) elevation 79 m. There is a shop, toilet facilities and a hotel and pub here so everything you could want. The drive to Wasdale Head along Wast Water is spectacular. I did it at...


In effect you are starting at almost sea level and the walk is 6 km.  After crossing the road you enter straight in a wooded area. The walk is pleasant and rising gently. If you turn and look back there are very pleasant views of the surrounding area.

The Mountain


If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead
if the morning brings you sadness
it’s ok to stay in bed

If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse
there’s no shame in rearranging
don’t make yourself feel worse

If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown
if you haven’t washed your hair for days
don’t throw away your crown

A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat
don’t think of it as failure
just a quiet, kind retreat

It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned

The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again
you can climb it in your own time
just love yourself til then



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