It’s been a little over two months now since myself and my husband moved into our very own home! Since then life has been a whirlwind of unpacking and organising and only now have I had the chance to sit down write this blog, a fond farewell to the place we called home for over 7 years.
Of course I will miss the beach, and even the little flat we had long outgrown but mostly I will my little patch of nature, the harbour just a stone’s throw from our own back yard.
This particular stretch of the estuary and it’s tidal inlet, known locally as ‘the gap’, has long been my place of sanctuary and inspiration. Through countless hours spent sitting by it’s shore it has gifted me with some of my most memorable wildlife encounters and an almost endless supply of avian and insect subjects to photograph.
I am very sad to be leaving this place and it’s residents behind, some I have only shared a fleeting few moments with, others which I have gotten to know as individuals and shared many of their most precious and challenging life events with.
The harbour has also been one of Kaiya’s favourite walking spots, ours less so as it would inevitably result in a very muddy, smelly dog!
Where there are new beginnings there are always new opportunities and I look forward to the discoveries which await in our new surroundings.
Whilst the inhabitants may be different here, we are certainly not lacking in nature. Kites and buzzards fly over overhead daily and the air is filled with an almost deafening chorus of birdsong and even the occasional drumming woodpecker from the nearby woodlands and trails.
As this chapter closes here is a look back on some of my most memorable encounters from ‘the gap’.
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