I have several new bears in the proverbial pipeline, but as we didn't find time for a holiday this Summer, I decided to put work on the back burner last week and instead, enjoy some early Autumn walks with family and our goldie girls, Polly and Betty.
A special little man was left in my care on Friday and I couldn't have been more delighted to have his company on our first walk together in Mote Park. I have very happy memories of walking with his daddy and auntie in this very park thirty years ago!
When his mummy returns to work in the next couple of months, Toby and I will be spending a day together each week. I am so looking forward to switching off from the rest of the world on those precious days and just being Nana.
Stuart and I took off to Leybourne Lakes for a walk with Polly and Betty on Sunday. The lakes looked beautiful bathed in early Autumn sunshine, so much so, Polly couldn't resist a quick dip. She's a pretty good swimmer it transpires!
The weather was mixed when we took the girls to Riverside Country Park in Gillingham earlier in the week. Warm sunshine as we walked along the coastline to start with, then our very own black cloud overhead all the way back to the car! Thankfully it didn't actually rain. I always enjoy this walk with its starkly contrasting landscape - natural shoreline to one side and a power station on the other. Polly and Betty loved following all the new scents and had great fun splashing in huge rain water puddles on the jetty.
We also took fun daily dog walks from our doorstep, through the local fields and woodland ... while we still can. Sadly developers have recently been granted permission to build houses on our favourite field and others in the vicinity. This will alter the landscape forever, threatening the natural environment dramatically. It breaks my heart to see all the contractors vehicles driving along our sleepy lane, making ready to destroy yet another significant chunk of local countryside, in the so-called name of 'progress'.
As Autumn touches the land with gold and fills our countryside with wild berries and sweeping grasses, it seems to me, this most spectacular season will be granted one final blaze of glory before Winter this year, but thanks to man's unerring greed, it is unlikely we will witness the tender touch of Spring on this beautiful area again.