. . . and a very warm 'good morning' to you all - in more ways than one. Yesterday was pretty warm but there was a refreshing breeze and where we were was nicely cooler. I gather today will be hotter but right now, with all the windows thrown open, it is lovely!
I had a great journey home from Dad's. All the 'improvements' on the A120 have finished for the time being and not having all those holdups really makes a difference. I now look forward to when they finish the Little Hadham by-pass. That will also make an enormous difference to my journey.
My friend, Alison, arrived on Sunday evening and let herself in with the key I left for her, so when I got home, there she was, which was nice.
After unpacking and a bit of food shopping, we decided to pre-empt the heat and take our trip to Hanningfield Reservoir (which is a bird sanctuary) straight away. We threw together a speedy picnic, set the sat nav and off we went.
Basically, it was a stroll from hide to hide through woodlands and it was lovely. The dappled shade from the leaves kept it quite cool most of the way round - well, maybe 'cool' is a bit of an exaggeration, but it was very comfortable.
As well as the birds, they had a 'Wind in the Willows' trail for children so I took some photos of the wooden sculptures of the characters which, I thought, were delightful.
Here's some of the photos I took. Al did tell me the names of the birds but I forget now. I remember that some that we saw were an oyster catcher, lots of mallards, some geese of various kinds, swans and cormorants and, I think, a heron.
Anyway - photos!
Birds . . . (good old zoom)
And characters . . .
And a general view from one of the hides . . .
And lastly, with apologies for all the photos, finally I have ripening tomatoes, more cucumbers for next week and - and - baby runner beans! . Evidence . . .
Today starts with a spot of tuition before it gets too hot and, right now, I don't know what we will do after that when I get home. I'll see what Al fancies doing and what the heat is like.
Take care in the rather unusual heat and don't stint on the old water. xx