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HIDE N SEEK

It’s now been two months since furlough ended for me , and now I find myself in a strange sort of limbo. Let me explain a little further. Travel restrictions have started to relax so I can now escape from my temporary home hide and spread my wings. However most of my old local haunts still have their hides closed or have restricted access.

We are also in the process of buying or leasing a plot of land from our local council. Two acres of wildflower meadow, surrounded by mature trees and open countryside. We have a provisional agreement in place and hopefully soon the land will be ours, but dealing with any public body takes time . In our case it’s been nearly a year already. So I need a plan b or another temporary hide to bridge the gap.

What could be a better place to relocate to , somewhere local and easy to get to ? It has to be the woods at Mouldon Hill country park. It’s an area I know reasonably well with plenty of space . I have over the last couple of weeks been out looking for the perfect spot and finally settled on an old tree stump , deep in the woods. A few test shots confirm it should make a great backdrop and the lightings good for a woodland environment.

I have a location , so now I need to set myself a challenge. Build a hide or screen from just what I can find in the woods. Set up my camera and record any visitors to the stump. Unlike my last temporary hide there will be no carpet , heating , or toilet and kitchen on site . This new hide in its woodland location is going to be very basic and exposed. No roof or floor. If it rains I’m going to get wet. But I can’t wait to get started . Hopefully you will see the results in the next few weeks.

Peter

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