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“Young as the morning…Old as the sea…”

On the eve of my Birthday, we decided on an impromptu trip to the seaside. Lepe is one of my favourite places (this side of the solent at least) and it is the closest point to the Isle of Wight. So it’s much cheaper paying the £2.30 car park charge rather than the extortionate ferry prices to get across to the other side. Nevertheless, we have a week over there planned next month which will be nice!



So yes, Lepe… the coast is beautiful but just around the corner, on the road out, is an even more stunning view. This beautiful marshy coastal area has been the focus of many blogs across the years, and everytime we get there it looks different or we see a different vantage point. Today was no exception…




There were things we didn’t capture, like the reflection of the sunset on a hidden lake in the New Forest, or the Mother and baby deer staring at us curiously from a field of Oilseed Rape… the things that have you reaching for the camera but are actually that much better when you’re not squinting at them through a view-finder. Oh and the sounds, the peacefulness, the only sound being a boat motoring across the tiny by of water, or the wheeling gulls… those are also the best bits that a photo can never convey, but we try…





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“He who plants kindness, grows love…”

How do you start a blog entry when it’s been so long….it feels odd to just be writing words as they come out of my head. Instead of writing for an essay, an assessment at work, a Christmas card…something planned. 2016 has been a busy year with its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, times for sadness and times for celebration.


It seemed fitting to spend the first free hours that we’d had in a long time, on the meadow. So that’s where we found ourselves on Boxing Day, surveying the many trees that my Dad had spent the Autumn and Winter planting.



The meadow is a place where you can renew. Your energy, yourself, your memories. It’s a place that never changes in many ways, and yet advances and matures in many others. It’s a place that you can rely on. It is by far one of my most favourite places. This year I stored up memories and moments to recapture and recall when I felt that I may need them most.



One of those memories and moments was when we were speeding across the Gulf of Mexico in a boat with dolphins chasing us. I thought, ‘When life gets tough, remember this moment when everything was okay, and the bad bits were forgotten.’ The meadow is full of scenes prepared and stored, ready for conjuring up when most needed. Boxing Day’s time down there was no exception.

This is what happens when you ask two dogs to smile….

So the tree planting is almost complete. Only another few hundred to go…the meadow is looking full already and some of the photos show the contrast between the trees that were first planted when my parents got the meadow, to the ones that are just being put in now. A lot has changed in the years since the meadow was acquired…


The next project is nesting boxes – owls, bats, birds…all the best creatures! I can’t wait to ‘borrow’ my Dad’s extra awesome telephoto lens and sit and wait for the Kingfisher to come by again. He/She makes a regular appearance already but with some patience, fantastic shots can be caught. Just ask my Mum who snapped away with her point and shoot camera a few weeks ago and put me to shame!











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