Harry’s Dream

Like most of the world, we watched with joy as Harry and Meghan were married yesterday. I love the synchronicity of this unintended photo I snapped of the televised coverage, capturing Harry as he sees his bride…

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Spring on the Wing

We couldn’t resist taking advantage of the beautiful weather and headed back to the Canvey Wick nature reserve where we saw and heard the nightingales a few days ago. This morning, however, we were on the trail of the elusive green hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys rubi), shy creatures which can be nearly impossible to spot amongst…

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Woodland Magic

Someone in Hockley has a wonderful imagination, and is sharing it freely with us woodland walkers – just look at these amazing chairs and the beautiful woods they are tucked into. Imagination woven into natural beauty is a magical elixir.

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The Beckoning Path

An early morning stroll through Canvey Wick, a new-to-us nature reserve, reminded me of the joys of walking in the world. We found cuckoos, nightingales, rabbits, a baby fox, and bees galore. What a wonderful way to take advantage of the incredible spring weather that has finally arrived! I could feel the Path inviting my…

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Angels in East Anglia

Like most sensible people, I love a good crisp Autumn day. Hoping to take me for a good day out, Jeff had been watching the weather forecasts closely with ideas of driving out into the countryside for a day of sea and sky, castles and pubs. When conditions looked optimal, we headed north to the…

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Life Feels Precious

I’ve missed my blog. As I have journalled about my grief and the shattered world in which I find myself, I wrote these words of self-encouragement: I will write and walk my way back to Life…¬† I knew then that I needed to come back to blogland. One of the reasons for my being away…

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Kirsten

My oldest daughter, Kirsten (Norlund) Johnson, passed away in September, from injuries sustained in a terrible car accident. My life is forever changed. She leaves behind her partner, Brad Garrett, and four teenage children, Anna, Aaron, Abby, and Amelia, as well as an extended family and a large community of friends. Born and raised in…

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Unexpected Pilgrimage

I love it when a pilgrimage finds me. Usually the pilgrim goes off in quest of the the pilgrimage, with the destination firmly in mind, but once in a while, just when I need it most, I stumble on to a place or shrine that seems to have called me in. King Edmund was the…

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Stitched Stories

We drove up to Cambridge this morning to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum to see their latest exhibit, Sampled Lives. The museum has a number of antique samplers in its collection, and has curated the best of them into a lovely and informative show. As I’m currently working to reproduce the 1798 sampler that is part…

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Labyrinth Knitting

Yesterday was Worldwide Knit in Public Day which is usually a chance to meet up with other knitters in some public place to unapologetically pull out our needles and yarn. As our local knitting group meets in the village pub every Wednesday, knitting in public seems pretty normal¬†to me, but I love being extra-obvious and…

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