Fridaywoods laid bare, our local woods

Winter is coming Fridaywoods Colchester The first trip through Fridaywoods for a while sees major changes. All but the Evergreen Pines are all but leafless. A carpet of leaves lays inches thick. Some of the leaves have begun their decomposition. A squirrel scurries up a bare trunk to escape Stellas attention. Coppicing the woodland The summer’s …

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It comes at Dawn 

An early morning walk with Stella Dawn chorus Come winter, spring, summer or autumn and sunshine, rain or snow Stellas routine doesn’t change. As soon as i wake up I get my coffee and her breakfast and sometimes my partners toast. Within half an hour Stella is whining. Take now for instance, it’s 5.45 on …

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Life’s simple pleasures 

Simple Pleasures After a very long day at work, walking stella is one of life’s simple pleasures for me. A chance to clear the stresses and strains if the day in order to put the day to bed, before I hit the hay myself. This, blogging, is also a simple pleasure, getting my thoughts flowing …

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Dog friendly Colchester  

Stella wandering loose Ok I want to turn things a little more up beat with my latest post and think about the more dog friendly venues around Colchester. Gosbecks Roman burial ground. A huge ex archaeological dig up near the famous Colchester zoo. Dog walkers and runners and horseriders alike are welcome on this area. …

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Temperature is dropping. 

The temperature of November It’s the last weekend in November and the morning temperature is plummeting.  With a good ground frost covering the cars and grass areas where there’s no footfall. The sky is not cloudless but it’s pretty clear as Stella and I step out for our morning walk. A nights heavy wind and …

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We’re Losing Ground, Fridaywoods is under threat

Dog walkers of Fridaywoods, we have a huge problem one that is threatening our access to the beautiful woodlands. That problem is pictured above and in case you haven’t worked it out yet, they’re not Christmas Decorations, They are Poo Bags!!!!!!!! I very much doubt it is the readers of the Facebook Group that you …

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Expected the worse 

Expected the worse, but got the better Waking up this morning I expected the worse, Cars frozen over Icy conditions Jack Frost nipping at exposed skin and I dressed for it. 4 layers on my torso including a t shirt, my work shirt and fleece and my hi viz jacket. But when I stepped out …

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The Calm before the storm 

Cold November morning It’s 6am on a cool but not cold November morning, Stella and I are out on our usual morning walk of around 30 minutes thru a housing estate and back along part of the Garrison walk. Colchester is beginning to come to life and the people if Colchester have begun their commute …

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If you go down to The Woods today 

Accursed Ticks With the reports of Ticks getting on dogs. it’s the first time in a while for Stella and I in The Woods. Namely Fridaywoods. According to google the prime time for Ticks us in the spring so why are they about now? Destroying Habitats I can only guess, but it’s logical from what ive been …

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Icy cold sunday morning walk 

Icy cold morning It’s Sunday morning 7am and I’m out with Stella. Apart from the full moon the sky is clear, not a single cloud to be seen. It’s also Icy seriously Icy. I’m wishing I had grabbed my gloves as Jack is definitely biting at them today. Mersea Rd is unusually busy for a …

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