Happy new year to all my readers I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and celebrated bring in the new year. Our Christmas was pleasant as was the new year and now most people will go back to work,while for me the worrying about lack of money and a job will keep me worrying during the day and will probably keep me awake at night too. I really cant understand why I cant get a job other than all this good employment news being a smokescreen or the fact that companies and employers do discriminate when it comes to employing people over 50.
During Christmas I produced and gave away once again all my calendar (I’m like that I don’t even have one left for us) and most people seem thrilled with what they got,also for the first time I produced framed prints which I thought came out rather well. I’ve decided to put some up for sale here just in case someone wants a gift for someone or likes the photography displayed in my post from time to time.
During the holiday season we did go out on a couple of occasion’s once to Newland Grove Nature Reserve and then on another day to Abberton Reservoir and afterwards to the charming Copford Church both are near to Colchester. Abberton Reservoir was constructed in 1939 but has recently been enlarged and was reopened by the world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough in June.
Essex Life reported:Sir David Attenborough officially marked the completion of Essex & Suffolk Water’s £150 million Abberton Scheme at a celebratory event at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Abberton Reservoir visitor centre and nature reserve in June.The water company, which owns Abberton Reservoir, has worked in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust to enlarge the reservoir by 58%. The additional water will bolster supplies to south Essex and some boroughs in East London.Abberton Reservoir is of international importance to wildlife, especially wildfowl. The enhancement project has made the site even better for birds by increasing the amount of shallow water for dabbling ducks, geese, herons, egrets and waders.
John Hall MBE, CEO of Essex Wildlife Trust, paid tribute to the water company: ‘Here, major construction has improved both water security for people and habitats for wildlife of international importance,’ he said. More than 1,000 people, including hundreds of local residents, attended the day to enjoy an inspirational speech from Sir David and others from the trust and the water company. The final words rested with Sir David, who is president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts. He said: ‘I can remember a time when nature conservation and development were seen to be in opposition — you either developed or conserved — and that led to confrontation. Here at Abberton Reservoir this is fundamentally, extraordinarily and wonderfully different. It is a blessing, a wonder and a great admiration to see what has been achieved by this partnership being celebrated.’
Abberton’s nature reserve lacks trees and hedgerows at the moment but many have been planted so hopefully in the years to come,it will be a very pleasant spot to visit. After our visit on which I took the photos displayed here,we moved on to Copford Church (top right) just as the sun was beginning to set.
Copford was originally a manor held by the Bishop of London’s office. Upon the death of Edmund Bonner in 1569 (also buried here) the land briefly became property of The Crown until 1609 when it returned to private ownership once more. The parish church of St Michael is renowned for its 12th-century Norman wall paintings that are among the best in England.The church door has been found to have human skin attached, possibly as a gruesome remnant of the ancient punishment meted out to those who invaded the sanctity of the church. Adjacent to the church is the manorial house of Copford Hall. It had been a nice day and some of the photos came out stunningly well.