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Friday, 27 March 2020

Getting Out

We exercise Bertie every day and we are very fortunate to live in the countryside and also be 3.5 miles from the coast. We have easy walking access to lots of public footpaths and bridle ways crossing miles and miles of farmland.

The farmer has recently ploughed one of the paths we take across a field and was out again today breaking the clumps of clay down with his tractor and drill.  I dare say it will be seeded by next week. The path across this field is official and marked quite clearly. We met a local business man a few months ago while out walking. He said his deeds clearly show the footpaths despite the farmer who purchased the land trying to make it less accessible.
He told us the farm he bought minus any land was once owned by Charles II,  he hid his mistress there away from prying eyes. The gentleman was busy converting the barn  on the land in order to hold weddings there starting next month. But of course that will all be cancelled  now.

We walk past the farm boundary every day and it really is beautiful, with a lovely lake,  geese, ducks, goats and some swans. I dread to think how much it cost him.

I live on the Tendring peninsula which is apparently the driest part of the UK. Just a couple of weeks ago we were ankle deep in mud and today the tractor was kicking up dust due to the earth drying out so quickly.
Bertie loves saying hello,  especially to the horses. But we insist on social distancing!

The primroses are out along the dyke banks and so are the Muntjacs.

We look for their hoof prints every day but its getting harder now its  drier.

The weather is due to change, getting much colder and duller. But we'll just wrap up and get out there, taking full advantage of our ability to exercise once a day in such beautiful countryside albeit FLAT!! Bye for now. TX

17 comments:

  1. What a lovely area to have on your doorstep.xx

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    1. I dont mind having neighbours but I love walking with not another dole in sight.

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  2. I do like this area and all the lovely walks.

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    1. It's relatively flat which helps clock up the miles.

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  3. It's a lovely part of the country, I think. Great photos.
    xx

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  4. Where I walk there are Muntjac footprints everywhere too, although I'm glad we've had dryer weather so we can't see them as my sewer is working properly again!
    My aunt,uncle, cousins lived in Dovercourt for years so we would drive your way quite often. I loved going through Mistley and seeing the swans

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    1. I doubt I'll see a Muntjac in the flesh but it lovely knowing they're about.

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  5. You live in a beautiful area, Tania. In sharp contrast I live near to one of the wettest places in the UK :)

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    1. I love your hills and Dale's. We by comparison are flat!!

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  6. You live in a lovely area. I imagine that farm cost a fortune with it’s a gorgeous lake!

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    1. I bet it did despite having no farmland belonging to the farm anymore.

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  7. We are dry and flat too being just off The Wash. It's very dry. Water butt blew off its stand this morning because it was empty. Shame about footpath but do log a report to the local council. I know they are busy with other stuff now but it's worth getting the matter registered.

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    1. Thanks for the advice. As long as the farmer leaves a path not seeded we will be ok. I will complain if he seeds the whole field.

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  8. I'm trying to work out where you live!? Anywhere near Brightlingsea? Or Tollesbury?

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