Sunday, 8 January 2017

Plan by the tides and follow the sun.

The start of the year always offers the chance of improvements or doing new things. This year I have been encouraged in this, by two of the presents I received for Christmas. The first present was the book 'The Walkers Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs ' by Tristan Gooley. ( I had mentioned his book about  'How to Read Water'  back in November.) Both books have made me look at my surroundings in more detail and gain more understanding as I learn to read the signs.

Tristan suggests by looking at tracks either in the sand or mud you can identify the story behind them- the picture above shows someone walking a dog in both directions along the sand.

Or these imprints of a seagull.

These tracks however may be a bit more difficult to decipher!

That is unless of course you know the culprit and his habit of running around at speed in circles!

I tried to capture the marks left behind from the tide, Tavi was intent in helping to illustrate it too!

 Or on this beautiful morning as the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the beach was suddenly accompanied by a squeaky ball by you know who!

 I had to take my husband to the doctors for an early appointment this week. It was a beautiful frosty morning and returning to the Bay it was the first time I had noticed the beach covered in a thin layer of white. My poor husband has been waiting for a hernia operation since November. His discomfort and pain has increased since before Christmas to the extent that he is now unable to come on walks or drive the car. 

The other present was a tide clock, which informs us of the position of the tide and has been a useful indicator to identify which direction to go on our dog walks.

It has worked very well until yesterday afternoon when the tide was high and so we headed up the lane and across the fields for a walk instead. My loyal companion managed to find all the deposits of fox poo and came home looking a very brown and smelly dog! I think I would have been better of walking along the Esplanade instead!

I made huge changes in 2016 by giving up my job and finding many enjoyable ways of spending my time. This year I think I need to learn to say 'NO' and not take on anymore interesting projects or causes, no matter how passionate I may feel about them! My aim this year will be to be more organised.  Those words don't sound very inspiring or exciting so I  have taken the words from above and I shall aim to 'Plan by the tides and follow the sun'. Have you made any resolutions this year?

Thank you for visiting, until next time.
Sarah x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Review of 2016 through nurturing a sense of wonder

My one resolution in 2016 was to nurture my sense of wonder and renew my delight in the mysteries of earth,sea and sky. For once my New Year resolution didn't fade into the midst of time and I have had a wonderful year appreciating nature all around me and also sharing it with you. Here are some of my favourite moments of the year.

Solitary bee on the pussy willow in March

The bay full of fish that attracted seagulls and fishermen

Morning light breaking through the mist

Sunset at West Bay

Eype beach with rolling clouds

Mist and sunrise

On the beach

A frosty sunrise

I  started the year with this quote from Rachel Carson and it is just as relevant at the end of 2016 too :-

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

Wishing you a joyful, peaceful and healthy New Year!
Sarah x

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Through the Garden Gate in December

In my last wander through the garden gate for 2016 these empty branches stood out starkly in the lower light levels of a December sky.

However there is hope just around the corner with these primulas in flower - although something has been nibbling it's petals! This morning while  spending a couple of hours gardening I discovered the buds of the Christmas rose and bulbs slowly emerging - such a welcome sight.

The mild winter so far, has allowed us to carry on picking mixed salad leaves and with lettuce growing in the greenhouse, it is still rare for us to buy lettuce from the shops.

We bought this Judas Tree (cercis siliquastrum) nearly two years ago, It really struggled until in desperation we cut it back  and since then it has flourished. I love the shape of the leaves - they look just like little hearts hanging from the branches.

As it is the last visit to the garden this year and to add some colour to the post, just a reminder of the best times in the garden and the dream of new delights to come!

Please visit the other gardens who are joining me in "through the Garden Gate". If you wish to join us please mention in the comments below.

Others taking part in through the garden gate are:-

Margaret's patch
Elephant's Eye
Coastal Ripples

Thank you for coming on visits to my garden during the last year it has been lovely sharing it with everyone.
Sarah x

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

West Bay looking towards Golden Cap



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