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Saturday 22nd May 2021
Pulborough Brooks RSPB nature reserve

With lockdown restrictions finally allowing for recreation outside and days away from home, we decided to break ourselves back in gently with an evening ride on the BMW down to PB. We dodged the constant rain showers and had a magical dry evening by ourselves in this wonderful place that has changed so much since we last visited. Everywhere is so lush with all of the recent rain and teeming with wildlife. We watched a Barn Owl hunting, a Fox being chased off by a Jackdaw, lots of deer and rabbits but just to be out somewhere so beautiful, in such peace and quiet was more than enough. We didn't even mind the midges.

We've not been anywhere outside of our garden and allotment since the lockdown started. We didn't visit friends or relatives: we just kept ourselves to ourselves. Our only exercise was a 2 mile route starting from home and going around the woods by our house. Now that things are changing back to normal we're not planning on leaving the country and we don't want to go to all of the popular places in Sussex or even Britain just yet, even though I'm dying to get up a mountain or spend several days going up and down Tryfan. Instead we will tread the quieter path and take the less trodden routes around Sussex for the time being   .
Quite frankly, we're seriously worried about our hiking stamina after being cooped up for so long but nothing is better than just getting out there and doing it, even if it hurts to begin with. So that's just what we're going to do... hurt ourselves..?!..well, maybe not too badly. We are getting on a bit now though, so watch this space!

Take the time to read the countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.