Friday, 23 February 2018

Walking by the Book

Hello Lovelies,
this week my sister in law was off work and was keen to go for a walk. I had found a walk in this book (which mum bought secondhand for me) that looked promising.


I do like walking by water as long as I have a circular route to follow. This walk started by the canal in the small Leicestershire village of Zouch.


We soon came to the river Soar. Here my sister in law spotted a bird. I would have missed him on top of the tall tree stump.


A Cormorant. Always lovely to see.


We followed the sweeping curve of the river. It was a cold day, but here the trees sheltered us from the wind and we could feel a little heat in the winter sun.



This is not a remote area, we could here the distant traffic and power lines detracted from the view a little but it was still a very pleasant spot to stroll.


the Cormorant flew over us.


and we approached a pub that was impossible to reach due to the lack of a bridge :0)


 Never mind we were not looking for a break yet anyway. Hello Mr Swan.


There were lots of interesting boats to look at here. I wonder if they are in the pub?


Our guidebook directed us away from the water now. We crossed fields. The book (published in 1995) informed us there were many stiles to climb, but they had now all been replaced by kissing gates. It made a flat walk even easier :0)


We soon arrived in the village of Sutton Bonnington. I loved the old cottages.





A little further down the road this sign caught our eye.


Ooooh, a cafe. Should we? Yes, of course :0)



Toasted tea cakes and a warm fire were more appealing than ice cream on a day where temperatures barely climbed above freezing.



 At the side of this lovely cafe we noticed this garden railway with a train chugging around the track.


Wait......you have forgotten to pick up Paddington Bear :0)

  There is more information on this fun place HERE

We carried on our walk, passing a grand house.


 and grazing sheep.


 It's not a village that I am familiar with, I liked it a lot.



Our route was now to head down this track. What lovely light it was.


Back at Zouch we couldn't resist exploring the waterways a little further. I was delighted to spot Grey Wagtails 


Such a pretty bird. I've only seen them in the Peak District before.



 This looked like a pleasant way to get some fresh air when you live by the river.


We wondered how long that narrow boat had been on the bank here.


Soon the light was fading. Time to leave the river.


 And the canal.


This was a 4 mile walk that had so much to see. I'm really looking forward to trying some of the other routes in the book now. I do hope you enjoyed it too.
Jacquie x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Simply Seasonal......18th of February

Hello Lovelies,
another week gone already? Actually I'm glad this one is over as I seem to have been a little too busy for my liking. Still, when I look back at these images I can see there is a balance in my life. For that I'm very grateful.
Lets go back to last Sunday to start with my seasonal images, this 7th week of 2018

1 ♥ Company. Each year I volunteer to marshal on a local road race. They always give me this corner and I like clapping the runners, offering words of encouragement and guidance. As a former runner I know how much it's appreciated. This year a friend offered to help. It was freezing, we even had snow flurries at one point, but we still had so much fun. Thank you M :0)


2 ♥ More company. Eldest came walking with me in the week, on a very grey day.


He never moans. It made me smile when he said his boss called him a "glass half full kind of guy". His boss...yes that's a thing. Part time work at the moment but we have hopes for more when he finishes college. Keep seeing the world as your oyster love.

We focused on the ice patterns. Of which there were lots, all different.


and the brilliant green of the furry moss.


3 ♥ Mum's Paintings. If this one looks familiar mum used a photo from my blog post last week as inspiration. Her version is so much better than the photo I think.


4 ♥ Indoor sunshine. This 50p ( I had a money off voucher at the co-op) bunch of Daffodils has made me smile all week, particularly on the rainy days.


5 ♥ Sunshine in the Winter Woods. I had been looking forward to our group walk around one of my favourite local places for weeks. When the sun finally managed to shine on Thursday I was delighted.


Looking towards our coffee stop, peeping out between the trees.


Ooooh, getting closer, but got to climb that hill first


I love this view.


It was cold and windy on the hill, but walking warms you up.


A shot into the sunlight gave dramatic silhouettes and sun rays. Lovely.


Getting higher and looking back at the path we climbed.


Phew, almost there.


and relax. This is one of my most favourite and best coffee stops :0)


I love the views up here, along with the tower.



Bradgate park is our only local walk to make it into the recent poll of Britain's top 100 walks. 
I think you can see why it's much loved.








Yay, time for lunch. We sat outside....but but this is a great facility...with toilets :0)



Woodland, hills and views of water. Perfect.




The wind was making the water in Cropston reservoir choppy. No reflections today.


But plenty of interesting shadows.




I love seeing this landscape change throughout the seasons.


6 ♥ Brain Exercise. Oh dear, I do feel my brain is seizing up sometimes. I call everybody the wrong name at work. They think it's funny, but it is annoying to me. I found some easy crosswords online. As you can see, my first attempt is a bit rubbish...score on the left.
Lets hope I get better with practice and my brain responds to the challenge.


7 ♥ A tidy Kitchen. A busy week and a love of walking meant my kitchen (ok,whole house) was pretty messy by yesterday. Time to knuckle down and sort it. I know it won't stay like this, but it does make me happy while it lasts.


8 ♥ The Night Sky when we were on our way to visit relatives yesterday evening the beautiful crescent moon caught my eye. It was the thinnest sliver and so bright. I stood for a while in the cold air trying to capture a decent image of it.


To my naked eye only the crescent was visible, but looking at these zoomed images I can see the whole sphere. Amazing.


Thanks for all your kind comments left on these posts Lovelies. I really do appreciate them.
They are another thing that brightens my week.

Jacquie x