Not as cold as expected

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Sunday was meant to be freezing. The forecast promised it. I love the cold and one time I can properly wrap up all cosy. And with a lovely late start to the marsh (alarm set for 5am – this is late!) I gathered layers, and more layers. It’s always hard to dress for wildfowling. You’re going to be sitting for… Read more »

Not getting wet

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While watching Countryfile on Sunday night, which seems to be neat, clean, and generally cute, it struck me that this was very different to the country life that I know, which is mostly none of those things. This weekend we nearly got stranded and ended up dirty and smelling of bonfires after clearing up from a tree coming down in… Read more »

London, baby! And a bit of a tidy up.

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A bit of a different one…a wander round London, stopping in Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, followed by a concert by the amazing Thomas Rhett! Generally I find it easier, and funnier,  to write about things that have gone wrong; but nothing went wrong at all! I love the atmosphere of Trafalgar Square – there was some great music,… Read more »

Not what was planned

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I was expecting to be visiting friends in Solihull and Leeds this weekend, but the baby was impatient and came 4 weeks early causing a change in plans. J had arranged to meet his dad and step-mum in Thetford forest for a bike ride, so I joined them. Cycling is not something I’m good at. Not knowing where I’m going… Read more »


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We’ve had a few days away somewhere I’ve not been before – the Cotswolds.  It’s been interesting – a bit different and a bit the same.  The main thing that has surprised me is that, apart from the stone, how similar the fields and rolling is to the South Suffolk countryside.  It’s more open maybe, you can see a bit… Read more »

How much camo is too much camo?

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I started my (slight!) obsession with camouflage a couple of years ago when J bought me a very cheap, hard wearing hoody, that turned out to be the most comfortable jumper ever. Since then, my collection has grown somewhat. I ended up with 3 identical pairs of trousers because they are thick, hard wearing cotton which hasn’t ripped when pulling… Read more »

Ducks aren’t mythical! Or are they…?

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We went out both Saturday and Sunday to a new marsh for me and for the first time ducks were no longer a mythical species! I am now confident that I recognise the call of a wigeon, and I am utterly certain that they are a wigeon or a teal….a split second too late! (As a side note, I’ve just… Read more »

Outside isn’t just the countryside…

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Yesterday we took to the town to take part in a game of Cluedo, with a difference. 20 witnesses had to be found around the town centre and “interviewed” to whittle down the suspects and possible weapons.  It was a cleverly set up mix of virtual reality using an app with GPS, and answering questions based on what was at… Read more »