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The Waterland

Halvergate Marshes… On the Weaver’s Way…

Sunrise… ‘Is that jacket going to keep you warm enough?’ Mrs Waterland asks as I get out of the car.  ‘Once we get walking, I’ll be alright’ I reply with a shiver.  Glancing East, I point towards Mutton’s Mill…  ‘look, the sun is coming up already…’ Early morning is by far my favourite time of day.  Especially early mornings like this, when the air is crisp and the sky is full of colour.  There’s a gentle breeze that means there’s […]

To the Stars!

The telescope… ‘Did you realise it was going to be that big?‘ Mrs Waterland asks as she walks in the living room. ‘No, I didn’t‘ I reply as I extend the last of the three tripod legs.  ‘And I haven’t put the telescope on yet!’ I add. I’ve always been interested in astronomy and buying the DSLR tracking mount last year really fired up my interest.  No more indecision, I decided, as I press the ‘buy now’ button on a […]

Nature and Me…

Nature has given us the greatest gift… and it starts just outside your door…

The Lullaby of Upton Marshes

A Spring, a Summer, a seemingly endless day on Upton marshes… Find me here in the early morning mist, or in the last rays of sunlight as they fade to reveal starry night skies. This is life on the river, and a boatman I will ever be…

To Quietly Go Where the Kingfishers Are…

It’s turned into a fine evening.. The sun has come out and the summer, which seemed to be doing it’s best to get to Autumn as soon as possible, suddenly feels like summer again!  I glance across at Mrs Waterland, and watch as she contentedly plonks herself in a deckchair… ‘I’m going to take the dinghy up river to Dilham’ I annouce ‘Ok‘ comes the reply, and after a short pause…  ‘I’ll stay here and catch up on my book‘ […]

Life and Death on the Marshes

‘Something up there!‘ Mrs Waterland announces while nudging her elbow into my arm. I look up and see a Kestrel hovering over the path to our left.  ‘Oh yes, well spotted‘ I reply as I move slowly closer and ready my camera. The Kestrel does not seem to be aware of our presence, or me shuffling closer to it, as it hovers, transfixed by something on the ground. I continue to edge forward and then the raptor suddenly begins it’s […]

A Beautiful Ballet…

There are many areas in the UK that are amazing environments for wildlife. Some I have visited and lots more I’d love to visit. If only there were enough years in a lifetime!  However, my first love and, somehow, my ‘home’ even when I didn’t live here, has always been the Norfolk Broads.  When I had the opportunity to move away from the London suburbs to the countryside, Norfolk was an easy first choice. And so here I find myself, […]

Butterflies, Bees and Goat Willow Trees…

Welcome to Waterland base camp.  This is where we moor Grey Goose III and, in the finest naval tradition, we will be spending the day bringing provisions and supplies aboard so she will be ready to embark on many voyages on the Norfolk Broads this year.  On arrival we are greeted by a friendly Robin, who’s song is full of the promise of Spring.  Under blue skies and a warm sun we are encouraged to get everything loaded as soon as […]

A Walk in the Winter Woods…

Over the last few days I’ve been listening to an audio-book called ‘The Hidden Life of Trees‘ by Peter Wohlleben. If you read or listen to this book, two things are likely to happen; 1/ It will change the way you think about trees, and 2/ You will want to go the woods. Well, that’s what happened to me anyway… So here we are… …on a cold and overcast February afternoon, atop a hill on the edge of Bacton Woods. Through […]

Under the Stars and Dreaming

1981, Cheam, Surrey… “Dad”  I whisper… “Dad!!” I repeat more urgently after a few seconds of silence… “Yes, what?” ‘Tracy next door is staring at us through their bathroom window!‘  I explain, stifling a giggle. “I know” he quietly replies – and I catch a glint in his eyes as he looks towards me and adds  ‘pretend you didn’t notice, she’s just trying to work out what we’re doing…‘ I turn away from the figure of our neighbour’s daughter, standing on […]