Saturday, 21 November 2015

A walk in a nature reserve and a little shopping

Nunnaminster, Winchester
Yesterday ‘the hubs’ and I went for a walk. I’d noticed there was a road and pathways on the other side of the High Street along the River Ichen where we had not walked before. So we set off to investigate. There were some lovely houses overlooking the river and some pretty bridges crossing over (just begging to be photographed!). We followed the river up until we found Winnall Moors Nature Reserve. Here we followed The Reed Bed Path. Although much of the greenery and rushes have died off it was still a pleasant to walk. All the areas can be navigated by pushchairs and wheelchairs – much in its favour. We spotted Robins and a few birds neither of us knew (we are far from being expert birdwatchers), lots of ducks and swans and I loved to see the red berries standing out in all the greyness of yesterday.
As we made our way round we found another path to the pond which had a wooden placard of a frog! We then found our way back to the start of the walk. Back into  town for the stop at Eighteen 71 cafe where I wrote yesterday’s post!  After a most excellent soup we walked around some of the shops and I bought a woolly red hat! On the way back to our accommodation I spent some time in a couple of charity shops. One was an Oxfam book shop (love those) which was over two floors (dream time!). A snooze was in order back at the B&B before we went out to eat.
With the weather forecast promising the arctic front, I was wondering if we’d wake to snow. We didn’t, but I dressed in my thickest sweater and jeans, and with hat, scarf and gloves we ventured out after breakfast into the bitterest wind. The cloud cleared away and the sun came streaming through. Right now we have lovely blue skies, but we are not deceived!
                                                  Nunnerminster, Winchester

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