I am back !
It’s longer than I would like to think since my last article, but life is like that and the older you get the quicker time passes. I am back on the grid because during these strange times, like many others, I have a lot more time on my hands, and have the bug for writing again. My inspiration has come from getting out into the wonderful English countryside everyday throughout lockdown exploring, and getting a bit closer to nature. I would like to take this time to share with you a few of the wonderful things I have seen throughout lockdown, and how nature and wildlife has helped me to maintain a healthy mind throughout these difficult times.
I am very lucky to have moved in with my partner in England just before lockdown, who already lived in the perfect place for social isolation. A countryside village surrounded by rolling hills, forests, parks, lakes and large sweeping fields. Distancing paradise for a couple of outdoor lovers like us. While a curse for many, being told to stay home was actually a welcome relief to us, finally a reason to fill our time with books and wandering rather than crowds and schedules. We took our “Daily exercise” allowance very seriously and made sure to get out everyday for long walks.
It was still a little chilly in March, but Spring colours were blossoming all around us. The fields surrounding us were awash with yellow thanks to the Rapeseed crop, and the soothing sounds of bird song could be heard for miles. On our very first walk I was very excited to spot my first ever Red Kite! One in particular patrols our garden every morning and evening, but they can be seen all over, soaring across the skies hunting, a truly magical sight. A programme to reintroduce the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) to England and Scotland began in 1989 and according to the RSPB there are now an estimated 4,600 breeding pairs in the UK. You can find out more about this beautiful creature on the RSPB Website and be sure to donate if you can.
Unfortunately I have yet to get a decent photograph of the Red Kite myself so you will have to take my word for it, but I did manage to find some Spring Lambs and a Snail that were more then happy to be photographed.
March was a mixed bag of moving madness, some rainy days and the first glimpse of Spring but I promise you for April, May and June the colours get more vibrant, the days brighter and we met some more wonderful wildlife along the way. I look forward to writing about them and sharing my photographs.