With winter now firmly upon us its time to finally accept the awful truth ” Christmas is nearly here”. I’m not one for lavish celebrations and self indulgence whether it be monetary or culinary for me its more a time for reflection then a time to look to the future. We have the chance to make this a better world and we should strive to end the suffering of everyone worldwide.At this point I’d normally go on to say something adding social comment but this month,just like my abstinence from Alcohol in October I’m not going too..not in a blog sense anyway.Rounding up things here in Essex,the last weekend in November proved to be eventful in many ways,especially as my beloved had a few extra days off work.
We had a pre Christmas “Spring Clean” on Saturday and even put up the Christmas tree this must be the earliest ever as it was still November.The last Sunday in November saw Arcadians make the national news when this story Naturist Archdeacon broke,Monday was Slayer day when we went to see the thrash giants in concert,while Tuesday we chilled out with a visit to Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve.
Despite it being damp and cold there was still a lot to photograph and the blue sky and the sun even made a couple of brief appearances.Hanningfield reservoir is set in a picturesque part of Essex and provides some of the best reservoir trout fishing to be found in the United Kingdom. It’s a wonderful haven for nature, and is renowned for its nationally important populations of wildfowl, which can be viewed from the reservoirs four bird watching hides.
The reservoir is the 11th largest reservoir in England with an area of 3.5 square kilometers (880 acres). The reservoir was formed by W. & C. French in 1957 at a cost of around £6m, by flooding an area of South Hanningfield covering the ancient hamlet of Peasdown. Giffords Farm and Fremnells Manor were also flooded. While we were there we saw many different birds and also a deer of sorts as well as many squirrels.
The Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre is set within a site of special scientific interest and has a shop that stocks an extensive range of fishing tackle, clothing and gifts. You can also enjoy a meal or snack in the restaurant with fantastic views across the water.It was a nice contrast even though our feet were aching.
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