I do not want to mention the word Christmas but it is time of year when you should really be out and about looking for bargainous cards and such like for 11 months time!
We still have a good selection left in our post-festivities sale along with calendars, diaries, crackers, napkins, mugs and table decs so hurry along to take some of the pressure and expense out of next Christmas....
oh and there is currently (through to the 13th Feb) 20% off 3kg suet refill bags of sprinkles and nibbles too....
And so after far too long in the puff pastry wilderness we have managed to rediscover a lost population of fillings to occupy the warm snuggness of a pastry blanket…
Yes, Sausage Rolls are back! They are now being handmade on site using Red Tractor sausage meat from our local supplier in Maldon. They have hints of nutmeg, black pepper and thyme and are scrummy.
And not to be outdone the Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables are getting in on the act and now have their own 100% vegetarian creation from our kitchen too.
Both are great hot or cold to sit down with indoors with a cuppa and enjoy the view or to take out for a winter’s stroll.
Our woodland photography hide is now complete – it has been a bit of a work in progress whilst we completed the installation of a reflection pool, but this is now finished. Our thanks to the volunteer photographers who have helped provide advice and to our volunteer work party for constructing the pool.Now it is finished, the pool should enable close up shots of woodland birds drinking or bathing, and with an interesting reflection with the woodland in the background.
Lovely set of shots from the reflection pool by Barry Jackson & Jim Willett
The perches and feeders still enable opportunities for shots of the birds away from the pool.
Exciting news - we will be able to offer the area at weekend at other times of year - please ask if you would like more details.
Great spotted woodpecker by Nick Smith
Goldfinch by Barry JacksonWhen: hiring available during opening hours December – March, and at weekends at other times of year.Opening times: Full day (9.45 am-4.15 pm) or half day (9.45 am-1 pm or 1-4.15 pm) hire available. Pricing: Half day £25 (20 for RSPB members), or full day £35 (£28 for RSPB members). Entry to the reserve is included in the price. Want to get more out of your visit? Enquire about photography tuition (not included in the price).One to one personal tuition tailored to your needs and camera type and hide hire for only: half day £50 (40 for RSPB members), or full day £70 (£56 for RSPB members).Gift vouchers (for both hide hire and tuition sessions are available).