Norsey Woods

It’s been a hot bank holiday Monday, which quite frankly in the U.K. is unheard of. Usually if there’s a long weekend to be had, it’s raining, or there’s the tale end of a hurricane that’s blowing a gale, or there’s a freak snow storm…I think you get my drift (ha…snow storm…drift…). Today was glorious. Bright beaming sunshine and 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit if you’re that way inclined). So, on this rather splendid day I decided to get all outdoorsy as I can without a doubt say by the end of next week there will probably see some kind of rain bomb that will hit and I will need a canoe to get anywhere.

Norsey Woods is a ancient woodlands tucked away behind the town of Billericay in Essex. I used to walk here a lot growing up, but haven’t visited this little peaceful spot in quite some time, so decided to change that.

This is now a 67.2 hectare of SSSI (site of special scientific interest). It’s a nature reserve and a scheduled monument (meaning that it is a nationally important archaeological site). There is a rare species of rare water violet that grows here and you can find 9 species of dragon fly buzzing around if you time your visit right.

This site is an ancient oak woodlands, and you can see mixed English and American oak together, along with sweet chestnut coppice. At this time of year you can see varieties of brittlegill fungi growing on the woodland floor while squirrels chase above your head.

I could literally spend hours walking around this beautifully peaceful site taking photos. If you wander far enough in you can see the remains of dig sites where items from the Bronze Age and Iron Age have been found. There is also a roman cemetery and a medieval deer bank.

But today I was just enjoying nature, the dappled sunlight through the trees and the beautiful colours which where on display.

I really love the bug life in this place, the floor is teeming with wood ants and there are spiders in abundance, while I’m scared of spiders they are endlessly fascinating and their webs create delicate silken covers on branches which gently dance in the sunlight.

There are visual treasures all around this place.

So while I know this isn’t about a film or an art installation, or something peculiar I have read, this is just a brief reminder that there is beauty right outside your front door. Get out and find a place you haven’t been to recently, relive the moments and look, and I mean really look, all around you, as the drudge of daily life can be hard and overwhelming, and it’s so easy to forget that there is much more than turning up to your job or being the person that everyone expects you to be.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

Jason Youngman

Exploring philosophical, psychological and spiritual ideas with a view to illuminating the mind.

The Devil's Playground

The journey through mental health by a sardonic soul

Fort of melancholy

Art & Photography

Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland


Two forks. One girl

Memoirs of Miss Salt...........

Memories of past and present antics!

A Voice in the Dark

An Independent film company

On the Shelf

Film : Comics : Music : Nostalgia

Ben Leander Willgruber | Visual Designer and Writer

Design and Writing Portfolio by Ben Leander

Big Art Theory Blog

a place where art meets literature in a way unseen before

A Guy Called Bloke

Storytelling My Life For You!

Zhiguai Translations

Chinese Tales of the Strange and Anomalous, translated (roughly) by Geoff Humble

Anonymole - apocryphal agitators

Mental meanderings of philosophical provocateurs

Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

..because the thoughts that fall, kicking and screaming from my head need a safe place to land..


MarkovichUniverse AT

Finding French Charming

Finding True Love.. Even After Forty

My expressions

unexpressed thoughts

Fang and Saucer

From Stokervania to Austenland - to Infinity and Beyond!

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

It's Turpintime!

Stuff & Bits For The Muddled and Addled.

Squiggly Muse

When the universe hands me a pen and then regrets it

Things that happened on this date in history. Probably.

Eerie Unsolved

A Mix-Up of Mysteries, Conspiracie and All Things Spooky!

The Battles of Frankie

The failings and anecdotes of an average Aussie woman

The Indy Diarist

A Day in the Life

Leggings & Tea

Books. Art. Life.

The Reputation of a Student

Oliver would be proud


Tiling.Renovation. Restoration.Photography

High Lumen

lighting design blog

Lady with Black Lipstick

Hopeless romantic speaking her thoughts.


This is the page where I will share my thoughts about football, my memories and funny stories.

The Latent Being

Believer of Freedom of Mind


A panorama is defined as an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer. My panorama includes a jumbled mess of ideas and thoughts waiting to be typed out. Welcome to my panorama.

Marina Baker

marketing, social media, & business development

Chef Dave, Esq.

Lawyer by trade -- Cook by passion

Dr. Eric Perry

Psychology to Motivate | Inspire | Uplift

Cryssy’s Blog

Loving YOU without the Mask!

The Insides

Darkness exists for the light to shine


just a regular human trying to survive in the city


The Fun Side Of Science

%d bloggers like this: