Saturday 30 May 2020

My 2nd favourite place

Early this morning we went to the Marshes (our local nature reserve) for the first time in months, it's been open for local residents who live within walking distance (we don't), but the car parks, hides and toilets were all closed.  They've reopened the car parks but not the hides or toilets.  We got there just before 08.30, even then there were quite a few cars in the various car parks.  However, we saw hardly any people (it does cover a very big area, including the beach) - there were 2 couples walking in the far distance, and 2 cyclists and a jogger passed by us and that was it as far as people were concerned.  The car park we used was empty. 

Had a really lovely hour's walk, Betty had a fantastic time too, she likes  to throw herself down in the long grass verges and roll around on her back, and the front half of her body is always disappearing into the undergrowth when she hears a noise or smells something interesting.  A few photos:-

Shows how hot and dry it's been, the last time we went (early March) this area was under a couple of inches of water - the tide comes in from the Bristol channel twice a day

Pair of swans and 4 babies.  There were several coot families too, they all kept diving under the water so difficult to photograph them.  Several swallows swooping down and taking insects off the water too - no chance of me getting photos of those

Crowds (!!) in the distance heading for the beach

Cows and a nice 😝 view of the power station (Hinkley Point) on the horizon

And finally, a couple of bums

We saw reed buntings and skylarks - well, more heard than seen in the case of the skylarks, they have such a beautiful song.  There's one thing I would have loved to take a photo of - a red kite soaring way up overhead, it's the first time we've seen one round here.  I had heard they'd been seen in the area over the past couple of months but hadn't seen any ourselves up till now.  My phone cam is nowhere near good enough to take a photo of a kite way up in the sky though, even with zoom it would still have been just a speck.  Lovely morning.

Another nice chiropodist rang me a few days ago, she's allowed to start working again from Monday (she works from a hairdressers salon, but the hairdressers aren't allowed back yet).  She has to wear full PPE - she always wore gloves and a mask anyway, but will also be wearing a full apron and a face screen from now on.  Customers have to wear mask and gloves too, she will supply them if they don't have any, and she's operating a strict one in, one out policy - you have to wait outside the salon until the previous customer has left.  I had an appointment booked in late March, obviously she had to cancel it and I can now go on Monday afternoon - brilliant, pedicure and foot massage to look forward to.  She apologised for the fact that she's had to put her prices up by £5, due to the cost of PPE rising so much - someone (not her) is clearly profiteering - she said as an example the gloves she uses were £12.99 + VAT per box prior to Covid, now they're £50 + VAT!!


  1. glad you were able to have a nice walk without crowds. They've closed the parking at the beach about a mile from me to discourage people as there's been hordes. Good news about the chiropodist too. You'll be walking on air! xx

  2. Everything is looking up. Yes!

  3. What a lovely place to visit, Sooze! I can imagine what a lovely time Betty had, bless her. Lucky you having your chiropodist open now. I do wish mine was!

  4. That's a disgraceful hike in price.

    Your second favourite place looks absolutely lovely and even the bums look happy! :-)

  5. Is that Steart flats, not been there for years, looks much the same as I remember as a child.

  6. It was in the middle of the night that I got the "couple of bums" comment...was thinking about the lay abouts not rear ends.

  7. We have marshes like that near here. They closed the car park. It's near enough for me to walk to if I wanted to visit. Too hot at the moment though.

  8. Hi hun, What a beautiful place to walk in! :)WOW on the cost of the gloves! I have been busy sewing material masks (Sewing Bee pattern) and the bags to wash them in for five of my six grandbabies incase they need them on their return to school or when they are out and about.I made my own wire inserts for the nose but found the cost of cotton and polycotton at outrageous prices over £6 per metre. So I ordered Asda George cotton pillowcases at £2 a pair. The carbon inserts were nearly £12 but it has worked out a lot cheaper than buying the masks. On etsy homemade masks (cotton) with a carbon filter are selling at over £15 - £17 each - crazy money!*hugs* Goldensunflowerx

  9. Here I am again - still catching up! I am so pleased that you managed some time away from home.

    And a Chiropody appointment! That is going to me wonderful, enjoy every second of it! xx


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