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A very British summer on the heath
By     |    Aug 15, 2013
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A very British summer on the heath

I came to Dunkery Beacon today with a plan – to get photos of a purple haze of Heather, glowing in the summer sun. I had imagined Izzy and I wandering through a heath buzzing with bees, shimmering with heat haze and, on reaching the top of the hill, gazing down over Exmoor. Well, my plan has gone out of the window. It has been drizzling all day and Dunkery [...]

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A dragonfly hunt
By     |    Jul 31, 2013
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A dragonfly hunt

Beyond the reservoir, which, covered with yellow and white water lilies,¬†could be an impressionist painting, is the heath. We are visiting Bystock Nature Reserve this morning and we have it to ourselves. It is a peaceful place, with a Yellowhammer singing ‘little bit of bread and no che-ese’ and a Green Woodpecker yaffling in the background. We follow the boardwalk by the pools and our path is crossed by a [...]

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A trail of ants
By     |    May 19, 2013
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A trail of ants

Izzy has had chicken pox, so this week we have mainly stayed indoors. Cabin fever had definitely set in and it feels good to be outside now. We follow a grassy path lined by Common Dog-violets and Bluebells. When Izzy stops to smell the flowers, I notice some Broom hiding amongst the golden Gorse. Izzy wants to touch a Black Slug and there are a few of those around at [...]

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An exotic sort of duck
By     |    Mar 11, 2013
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An exotic sort of duck

It has been a draining week, with one very long day in hospital followed by an anxious, ongoing, wait for Izzy’s blood test results. So, it is nice to have something to celebrate today – my second Mother’s Day as a mum. It starts well, with breakfast in bed and the presentation of a home-made card featuring four multicolored felt-tip squiggles that Izzy assures me are Mummy, Daddy, Izzy and [...]

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