Friday, 23 July 2021

Bird watching - no birds

It was a bit drizzly this morning so I thought not a day to go out. However, it was dry this afternoon, so I jumped in my jalopy and went to Alkborough Village. The view over the river from the maze. 
I walked down a footpath which took me to Alkborough Flats. A very popular place for bird watching. Here is a blog post about the sorts of birds that can be seen here. There are information boards, and hides that enthusiasts can sit in.

There are gravel paths, these get flooded in the winter months when the water level in the river rises. Today they were dry. I walked down a long path determined to get to the end of it, at Trent Falls. 
Lots of marshy boggy areas. Sadly I didn't see any birds apart from a lone swan. 

Almost the end of the path, through the gate and turn right. 
That's as far as I can go before I fall into the river. Turn round and go back. I have never walked right to the end before, I was curious so I went for it. The grasses were taller than me. 
On my way back, there is a bench to take a rest before I tackle the big hill back to the village. I'm heading for the church up there. 

It was a nice little bimble for a couple of hours. The sky is overcast but thankfully it didn't rain. 
I need to go shopping tonight, getting a bit low on a few things. Thanks for popping in. Have a nice weekend. Toodle pip.   ilona

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Evening walk tonight.

Another hot day. I went a walk tonight, it was cooler. Clouds are coming. A horrible sight, rubbish dumped in a gateway. Mostly cannabis root balls. Some household rubbish. There are signs up at the end of the road, no access for unauthorised vehicles. They obviously ignored that. Sad to see. I have reported it. 
And then there was a bonus. I stood still when I saw this deer in the middle of a field, making a meal of whatever is growing there. It looked at me and I didn't move. Good zoom on the camera. 

Not a spectacular sunset tonight. They have harvested most of the turf in that field. 
Now relaxing with a glass of wine. off to bed soon. Thanks for popping in. 

Toodle pip.   ilona

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Coffee in the garden

Yesterday my friend invited me for coffee, I went this morning. It was something to look forward to. We often chat on the phone, and email each other, even though she lives close by. I thought I would make a bit of an effort and put a nice top on. Yes, it's the same skirt that I wore on Monday nights walk. 
Her garden is lovely, she has arranged things beautifully. Lots of flowers everywhere. 
I did Billy's walk a bit later tonight. I did say I would go at 5pm, bit it was still too hot, so I left it till 6.30pm. Much better, a light breeze cooled us down. 
Now going to watch a few videos before bedtime. Catch ya soon. Toodle pip.   ilona 

My feet. Walking back home.

The Council have made a new path alongside a busy road, just for me, ha ha. 
They are trying to encourage more people to walk, jog, and cycle, for exercise. Which is a good thing. I am trying the new path out, not much traffic because it is 9.15pm. 
Catch ya later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Evening walk, chat on the bench

Here's a little video I made last night, and uploaded today. 
Another hot day today. I went to the mobile library for a chat with Stan, haven't seen him for ages. Things are still the same with the book borrowing malarkey. They have discussed letting people back on the van to choose their own books, and also continue with bagging up books ready for people to take away, as some of the readers have mentioned that they like that system now. Then they decided it won't work because the floor would be cluttered with bags of books. Not good for health and safety, people might trip up. Also they would have to fix up a plastic screen in front of the desk to protect Stan from customers breathing all over him. They have put that idea on hold for now. 
The Arts Centre in town have been tweeting about an exhibition that I would like to see. First they lay out all the rules for visitors attending. I found that very off putting so I tweeted them saying I wouldn't track and trace, didn't want to book a ticket, and I am exempt from wearing a cloth on my face. They sent a very nice tweet back, saying these are recommendations and not the law, and I would be most welcome. So that sounds promising. I will go in the middle of an afternoon, they said that is the quietest time. 
I thought I might go shopping tonight, I may, or may not, I can last another day. 
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona