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A picturesque landscape of high hills, open moorland, gently rolling farmland and the scenic River Breamish!

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Sand Martin in the Valley

Sand Martin in the Breamish Valley

On my walk around the stunning yellow Hedgeley yesterday, I also happened upon several sand martin that appeared to be in the process of exploring the banks of the River Breamish to choose the best spots for excavating their nesting tunnels. Being a social bird, hundreds of pairs can readily nest close together in a colony. On my walk, though, I’d guess I saw around 20 sand martin exploring one bank in the bend of the river.

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Yellow Hedgeley

Yellow Hedgeley Lakes

So, what’s the colour of Spring for you? As a resident of the Breamish Valley I can’t help but think that you’ll say it’s ‘yellow’. I mean, just about everywhere along the Breamish Valley is yellow right now. The whole valley is smothered in flowering gorse, giving a wonderful scent of coconut drifting on the Spring air.

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Thank You Bin Collectors!

‘Thank you bin collectors’ poster

[Photos and poster provided by Robbie Burn 12 Apr 2020 and used with permission.]

Robbie Burn of Powburn has created an eye-catching poster that can be temporarily stuck onto your wheelie bin to say a BIG THANK YOU to our bin collectors who are carrying on, doing essential work on our behalf during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Having just created his poster, it’s already being taped to wheelie bins in the area:

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How to Clear Your Head

How to clear your head out exercising

Work-related stress, worries about loved ones, or broader existential crises associated with the uncertainty that’s accompanied the coronavirus pandemic are contributing to heightened emotionality.

Wired (12 Apr 2020)

Your once-a-day outdoor exercise regime (walking, cycling, jogging, whatever), as well as improving our physical well-being, could also be an opportunity to clear your head. This clever Pixar animated short film caught my attention recently:

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Look for Rainbows

Rainbows – a symbol of hope amid the coronavirus crisis

Mainly produced by children forced to stay at home, they are popping up everywhere: in windows, on walls, on garage doors. Helped by parents and carers, they are vibrant symbols of support for the NHS and all the key workers who are working so hard to help us all get through these unprecedented times.

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Herons Above!

Herons above the River Breamish

Went out on my once-a-day exercise a bit later yesterday afternoon, as our home school video lesson for our granddaughters was scheduled for later in the day. The girls had to do a virtual egg hunt in the garden (using Google Duo on an iPad) and when they found an egg there was a sum on it. They had to work out the sum and an associated clue – which basically spelled out ‘Simon Says’ – and then we played that. So lucky to have all this helpful modern technology.

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