Smorgasbord of Wildlife – healing my world.

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Saturday 1366  – 31.05.2014

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On this  Saturday I could have written about how women are still repressed and heavily discriminated against throughout the world. This on the back of what has happened in India with the gang rape and hanging of 2 teenage girls and in Sudan the sentencing to death of a pregnant woman for Apostasy (  supposedly abandoning the Muslim faith. )  Indeed both of these events made me angry and left me with the feeling that for every step towards equality, that women make, there are 2 steps back away from it.

So I instead I was taken back to why I started this blog in the first place and that was to not only write about what I’m thinking but also to encourage me to get out there and experience things on the last 1500 Saturdays of my life ( 1365 left now ! )  

This Saturday 31 May 2014 was spent in the company of my 2 lovely grown-up children Katy and Steven, along with lots of seals and birds.  I’m sure I have said on this blog before how healing I find nature to be and this Saturday was no exception. 

It began on the North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney point which is owned and managed by the National Trust. We visited the 4 mile sand and shingle spit  by boat, to see the seals that inhabit the area and luckily the sun came out for a while which both the humans and the seals enjoyed !.

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This one below is my favourite – contentment or what!

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Oh and these are some of the people watching the seals, who don’t seem to mind one bit with some of them swimming out towards the boats to get a look at the people which seemed only fair !

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On the way home we decided to drive the longer way home down the coast and I said to the kids if either of them saw something and wanted to stop to give me a shout.  Steven did at the RSPB ( Royal Society for the Protection  of Birds) site Titchwell Marsh. To be honest I was a bit tired at this point but had agreed we’d stop so stop we did and thank you Steven we had a great time.. my first time seeing the very elegant Avocets as well as other birds ( and humans – Photos below though it was a very grey afternoon so not all the photos are sharp!  🙂 

Avocets

drops

twosome

Black-headed Gulls ( I love their red legs and beaks)

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The nest of the black- headed gull – in a lagoon with green algae bloom, which I thought rather added to the photo.

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Redshanks.

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Titchwell Marsh leads down to and includes a section of beach and here are some bird watchers with their telescopes down there.  It seems Bird watching is a very serious business of the size of their equipment is anything to go by. !

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 Ended the day tired but de-stressed and very happy. The problems  for women in the world remain but my batteries are now recharged and I feel better able to cope with it.

You can find out more about Titchwell Marsh and the RSPB here >>  http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/titchwellmarsh/star_species.aspx  and Blakeney National Nature Reserve here  >> http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney/visitor-information/

If you are feeling stressed ,or overwhelmed with the pace of life , I strongly recommend getting out there and steeping yourself in nature !

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and I’m sure there might be some more photos from here over there 🙂

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60th Birthday Treat in Puglia.

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Saturday 1380  – 15.02.2014  

( a bit late I know !)

_1548Yes indeedy I am 60… SIXTY !! isn’t that crazy ?.. Of course it’s only a number but rather a large one don’t you think?  To be honest I feel a bit of a fraud because it seems faintly ridiculous to be such an age . My thinking is that my birth certificate must be wrong !  Surely?

My actual birthday was on Tuesday 11th Feb and I spent it, and the following week, with my children, Katy and Steven, in Puglia in southern Italy ( in the heel of the boot as it were ) 

_1547When I was 50 I had suggested to the kids that I might bring them to Barbados.. Ha! ….What was I thinking ! That I was going to be rich maybe .

Well that didn’t happen so I ended up bringing them to Italy instead but they didn’t seem to mind 😉   family is everything and I am so lucky to have 2 such delightful children and to be able to spend time with them surrounded by such beauty.

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How I Loooooove Italy 🙂

On this Saturday we spent the day visiting Ostuni and walked around in brilliant warm sunshine graced with the bluest of skies.  So here are some typical photos of this lovely, brilliant-white town with its little alleyways and steep roads. There are strict rules about colours and materials that can be used. White, green, blue and wood.

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Some of the roads were so narrow the only place to park your scooter was inside your shop!!

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By the way the photo at the top of this post is of the Trullo we stayed in ( it was actually 3 trulli joined together) and our roofs are at the back of this photo, which was taken in the delicious morning golden hour.  We were surrounded by Olive trees… It was Heaven

Sorry to all those people who are struggling with snow at the moment ! 😦  

You can read more about Ostuni here   and more about Trulli here

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and there will be more photos from Puglia over there in the next days

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