Monday, 25 June 2012

Mid-summer at Exmoor Centre

A report from Liz Nicholson 

A few of us have just had a wonderful Midsummer retreat at the centre.

We had beautiful walks and a new discovery was Farley Water, a very enchanting river and valley that runs parallel to Hoar Oak Water.We went in search of otters that have been seen there , we were not so lucky. It was a bonus that the hawthorn now over at home was in still in bloom in the valley.We loved the new hide, Annee, one of us braved the midges to sleep in the hide one starry night. There is a sacredness about the valley and the peace it brings. 

To celebrate the solstice we put up flags and prayed that the centre will always be loved and cared for; we gave thanks for the abundance of  green, the trees, the plants, the wonderful water, the beautiful clear air carried on the wind, the fire of the sun. There is nowhere as lovely as St Mary Lyncombe 

Liz Nicholson is Secretary and Trustee of The St Mary Lyncombe Exmoor Trust.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Quick, hide!

Amongst the fun and games at the weekend the team staying at the bunkhouse built us the start of a hide. The plan is to improve this or move it as we gain experience of its position.

Its a short steep hike up to the top side of the site but the views over the trees make watching the deer possible in the valley opposite. The tree-top birds are closeby giving a good view of them and a clear view of the sky to watch buzzard, kestrel and sparrowhawk amongst others.

Looking down on the BBQ area from the hide path
The hide path
Tree-top and valley views relaxing in the hide
The hide, basic but it keeps the rain off and hides you a bit.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Weekend of fun and frolics

This weekend the centre was booked by a friend of ours to celebrate his birthday and spend some time doing fun stuff with our kids.

These are a few pictures of the sort of fun that can be had with some imagination and the resources to hand at the Exmoor Centre