Country Walks


Saturday 12th November 2022

Late Autumn

Gazen Salts Nature Reserve

Main Feature Image – Common Burdock

Gazen Salts Nature Reserve

Gazen Salts owes its name to the leaseholder of the ‘Saltings’ John Gason, who was once a 17th century resident of Sandwich, Kent. 

The Guestling stream joins the Delf, one of the main waterways in Sandwich. Many of the streams in the town were present to help monks drain the lands when used for farming and to prevent flooding to the crops. After the 1457 raid by the French, many of the streams were widened and deepened and used as an additional line of defence and fortification.

The lake and the waterways in the Reserve are sustained by a sluice gate connected to the River Stour. The waters further feed and play host to a diverse range of wildlife, including species such as sticklebacks, pond skaters, diving beetles, frogs and toads, newts, kingfishers, moorhens, bats, rats, shrews, weasels, stoats, foxes, hedgehogs, moles, water voles, grass snakes, mallard, tufted, pochard and shoveler ducks, warblers, woodpeckers, blackcaps, sparrowhawks, grey squirrels, parakeets and others including many butterfly species too.

The woodlands are also home to flora species, such as primroses, celandine, dog rose, oak, ash, wild cherry, elm, field maple, wild privet, marsh marigold marshmallow, meadowsweet, blackbush, yellow iris and many other exciting plants of interest.

Music Score – Drift

Suze and l have been busy these last few days with gardening, always active and working on the Willow garden. However, we took a small break yesterday morning. I met with the committee chairman to discuss the Gazen Salts building l have been working on, our lumber situation, and how best to tackle the tidying-up phase on the yard itself.

I also requested to purchase all the old logs to split and chip and use on our allotment, which was passed, and Suze offered her services to work on the FROGS administration [Friends of Gazen Salts]

After the talk, we decided to walk around the reserve and take some photographs. We thought it would be a nice morning walk on a beautifully sunny day.
Common Burdock
Drake mallard testing the waters for his hen for the …
… morning paddle.
Gazen Salts Nature Reserve Assorted Images
The splendour of autumnal colours
Coppery ponderings …
The darker shades of autumn
Tranquil strolling
Thoughtful wood
Golden mornings

Hoped you enjoyed the walk – see you again!

Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here

Published by The Autistic Composter

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13 thoughts on “Country Walks

      1. We have some lovely places too

        I have walks but in an old downtown area of a little old west little town lol

        For nature I need to drive to places lol

        And watch out for mountain lions lol

        Sounds and looks really nice. Peace for the soul lol 😘

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      2. Yeah California has its own terrains … of many…

        New England – Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine – probably look most like you

        Our forests are redwoods and places like Lake Tahoe or big bear … or Lassen which is a volcano 🌋 crater

        California has many things including San Andreas 😮😳

        We just have a lot

        But New England would be more similar to you … but with definite seasons …
        Winter is snow and Nor’Easters … spring brings April showers … by June you enter summer which is more humid than we are plus they have summer rain ❤️ they beautiful and lush – green

        Fall brings changes of leaves and then winter again 😝

        Winter there is brutal though omg

        Your winter does not seem overly brutal?

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      3. Hey Trisha 🙂

        Winters in Britain when l was a teenager growing up were more brutal than they are now. Of course my younger years were in Australia where the winters in South Australia were very different to other parts of Australia again.

        I was 12 before l saw my first snow capped mountain in Australia and not England.

        I started living in the UK again in 1977 and l arrived in February and started living in North wales which was wet and cold and snow bound. I was mortified and froze my nuts off during winter!

        But l saw the winters change in England from 1978 to where we are today and now we have more winter rains and less snows and more Australian styled heats than British summer heats.

        Climate change changed winters here.

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      4. I remember the blizzard of ‘78 in New England – that was somethin 😮 I have pictures of that!!

        They still have blizzards and brutal cold 🥶

        California is effected by climate change too – we used to have very rainy winters …

        Now we are lucky for rain at all – it rains a little but nothing like used to be (was always boring rain though)

        Also our summers are very much so more scorching than ever were before!! 115 is terrible heat!! It was never THAT bad before!


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