100I doubt that many of you who know me would know my hobbies probably show the softer side of me.  I like walking, history,  photography, wild life, gardening and coarse fishing.

I love being outdoors, visiting National Trust and English Heritage properties, these generally encompass all of my interests, offering plenty of opportunities for taking pictures.  I’m fortunate as I live on the south coast, not far from a beach, not far from the countryside and not far from many spectacular buildings and castles.

The imposing looking property below is Mottisfont Abbey, it’s one of our favourite destinations being only about 20 miles from us.  There are impressive gardens, plenty of impressive walks and this stately home is full of history.096If I had to buy “reel film” it would cost me a fortune every time I walked outside my front door, thank goodness for digital photography! These are just a few from Mottisfont. 052033

182Closer to hand is Porchester Castle, with its spectacular views.  Dating from the time of the Romans, it has been used extensively throughout time.  During the Napoleonic Wars it was a prisoner of war camp, you can still see paintings and names on the walls by the French prisoners, who used to put on plays for the local people in exchange for extra food!


Closer still is the Forest of Bere. Full of trees and wildlife, unfortunately no beer though 🙂

Bluebells and Celandine plants peep through, in readiness for carpeting the ground …..

186183184Wonderful old oaks rising from the ground, begging for the birds to come and build nests.  It’s the smell as much as the scenery which you notice as you walk around this ancient site.

Just a mere 5 minutes drive along the sea front is another old Napoleonic fort, Brockhurst.  Set on the outskirts of Gosport, this spectacular building is a veritable haven for wildlife.  I’m surprised more of the local population don’t use it.  You can see moorhens, ducks, swans and much more right in the middle of civilisation 🙂

The only guards here now are the scavenging gulls ….167

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090 160 188 And do you know what, this is why I love BST, not the start of summer (that’s on June 21st) but the start of longer days and hopefully more sun

Thanks for reading 🙂