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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Out and about

I've been reading about everyone's lovely rain fall on here but as usual we seem to miss it. We've had a few showers but barely enough to wet the ground, so we are still having to water the garden. Fingers crossed for some tomorrow. 

My seedlings are tucked away in the makeshift cold frame while the temperatures remain low. I've just received an email from PayPal/Ebay saying I've had a refund for the greenhouse I ordered back in April. Basically the company says they don't know where it is and now  I'm struggling to find another. I think I'm going to have to make some kind of greenhouse out of plastic sheeting and wood to get me through this year. 

When we got up Monday we were both feeling a little blah! Unfortunately the 'can't be bothered mood'  has been taking over recently, so when hubby said should be go for a short drive and give Bertie a new area to walk and smell, I was up for it. 

Approx 14 minutes later we parked opposite the footpath that leads down to Hamford backwaters. The sun tried to make an appearance as we made our way across farmland to the beach. There is a dyke wall between the farmland and salt water marshes that we snaked along to reach the beach.  Beyond the marshes is the beautiful beach called Earlems. 

We got a great view of one of the big caravan parks owned by Hoseasons. It's very popular and backs right onto the farmland and Hamford water marshes. I'm not sure whether there is a residential area on there but there were a few cars near these big chalets.  

There were rows of normal caravans too and camping pods whose shape I found fascinating. They could just be see  from the dyke wall we were walking along. The area was  screened by hedges making a photo difficult. So I looked them up when I got home and the cost  for 2 people for a 3 night stay at  the end of July was £245.

You can see the dyke in the distance which protects the farmland we crossed.  'Our' area of Essex is very flat and very dry.  But it is full of lovely walks both countryside and shoreline. Bertie loved all the new smells and saying hello to the few people we met along the way.  I was glad to get back to the car as my foot was just starting to ache. It is getting better but I still have to take it easy.  Back soon. Tx 

25 comments:

  1. Essex is lovely and we found the people are so friendly. My friend Anona lives in Brightlingsea. We have stayed there a few times when the music festival is on. We stayed for the open gardens one year and all being well we will be down there for the open gardens next year

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    1. We go to Brightlingsea quite often. We used to launch our small boat at Point Clear the bay opposite but we recently sold it.

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  2. How annoying for you with the greenhouse, hope you can find a solution soon, there are some fascinating alternatives to caravans these days. xx

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    1. If I still had my old garden, I'd love one of those camping pods. I bet they're not cheap.

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  3. I love finding new and interesting places to walk. Those camping pods are a new one on me as I've mot come across anything like them before. they are certainly expensive!

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    1. My daughter stayed in something similar in Cornwall but I was fascinated by them. Yes, they're,quite expensive.

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  4. Such a shame about your greenhouse - could you make do with one of the plastic covered frames from somewhere like Wilko as a stop-gap measure for this year?

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    1. There aren't any plastic greenhouses to be had with delivery dates before August. I'm hoping when some of the shops open I can find one.

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  5. I have had a couple of lost parcels this year, it's a pain especially as one item was then out of stock everywhere, it seams everyone is a gardener this summer. The cynic in me is waiting until the end of summer, when loads of stuff will be up for sale 'hardly used' and a bargain.

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    1. I was thinking the same myself. Plus so much stuff is stuck at ports because of lockdown. Stock will hit the shops too late and end up as sale goods.

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  6. Oh I do like that camping pod. I've got daft inklings about moving to a Tiny House so it appeals to me. And I bet you enjoyed that walk after feeling blah right?

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  7. Sorry you did not get your greenhouse. I do hope you come up with something suitable for this year.

    Love the camping pod.

    God bless.

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  8. We've got torrential rain here today and lots more forecast for the coming week. Such a shame about your greenhouse going missing, it's annoying that you can't find a replacement now too. I hope you manage to construct something to protect your plants. I always think a walk and a bit of fresh air lifts the spirits.

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    1. The Lock Down has really got to me recently and I need some stimulation. Walking somewhere different was just the tonic.

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  9. Those camping pods look lovely, what an unusual shape. Our dogs have both really missed being out and about sniffing different areas and meeting other dogs.

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    1. You can really tell when you are somewhere different with your pets. Bertie loved it.

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  10. I'm really surprised you haven't had rain! We had heavy rain last Saturday twice and then we've had some during the week...enough to fill the waterbutts. I do hope you get your fairshare! That said, I'm very glad it didn't rain this weeekend!
    The camping pods are pretty cute! I'm glad you got a change of scene.

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    1. My garden is a dust bowl. We are known as the Tendring peninsula, one of the driest places in the UK. We used to have the most expensive water too but thanks to heavy investment and competition its average now.

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