Saturday, 24 May 2008

come let us stray our gladsome way and view the charms of nature...


stream dipping, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.


today we had a family day out to a beautiful nature reserve with rivers that meander through flower meadows. It was a little windy but apart from that fine. Armed with a picnic, identification guides and nets we dipped in the river to see what we could find. We caught three very little fishes, had a good look at them and then let them swim off again. Apart from some cows and a few people walking, there was hardly any one around.

We then drove not less than a mile away through a very pretty village/tourist hotspot that was swarming, literally swarming with tourists. "How sad" I thought and what a contrast, that people go to where there are others, will queue for parking and food almost like lemmings whilst dragging their children around. Will even call their experience a trip to the country - but is ISN'T! Buy a map and follow a footpath rather than a car parking sign!

I am known to actually avoid anything with the title 'family fun' and as for a visit to an attraction in the summer - forget it, it's the countryside for us all the way with it's hidden, magical spots just waiting for us to discover.

4 comments:

  1. How fabulous! What wonderful scenery, and memories for your children.

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  2. this is what a nature preseve should look like. Strangely, here, just outside washington, DC, the "nature center" is artificially groomed, with mown lawns, manicured hedgerows and fabricated mazes. It's a nice place to go for a walk ... but it's NOT "natural."

    I am in love with your pastoral images!

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  3. how interesting Molly - exactely the opposite of what a nature reserve should be! Thank you for your lovely comments ;0)

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