The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – Afterword July 2017

Another walk with my canine companion along the river Blackwater’s edge, or maybe through the old railway line, a place which has become a rich haven for nature and a playground for those who love the great outdoors. 

Each footstep I take resonates in rhythm and is tuned to the frequency radiating from the Essex countryside surrounding me.  The more I breathe in, the more I am consumed, and it seems I can never get enough of the rural air with its intoxicating sense of freedom.  Sometimes it smells sweet; sometimes not, yet intrinsically I feel at home.

Every morning I awaken to beautiful views over Wickham Hall Farm; and each morning they are the same…. but different.  As the seasons roll into each other, the landscape constantly changes, colours dazzle and fade with each day just as beautiful as it was the day before and the day after too, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter.

After almost 40 years of walking, observing, recording, and working in the local area, I’ve now successfully captured my countryside year in digital writing and photography.

Edith Holden’s Country Diary of 1906 has fascinated me since its publication in the late seventies, followed by her Nature Notes of 1905 which were published during the 1980’s.  Her beautiful nature illustrations and timeless nature writing have inspired me to create a modern digital version of the countryside I love.  Whilst my ‘illustrations’ are digital ones shot through a lens, my text is written from the heart; much like Edith’s would have been, I should imagine.

Even though I have experienced rural living for decades, my interest and senses have surely been heightened during this past year of nature blogging.  The allure of the countryside still grows stronger each day and each time I am touched by nature, it leaves me wanting more.  And now as my nature year comes to an end, a new beginning is on the horizon.

The outside is always there waiting to be discovered.  Whatever time of day, season or weather, the constant change means no two days are ever the same.

Birdlife, flora, fauna, sky,landscape.  Trees, insects, mammals, wild flowers, woodland fruits.  Take a moment on the wildside and see where your countryside footpath leads to.