Stormy Sighting

Mother Nature pulled the tide out farther than normal, allowing the sighting of some colourful orange sponges which were resplendent as they stuck out above the grey waves.

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Springtime Miracle

I want to shout from the rooftops that Hope and Mystery have re-entered our realm. My youngest daughter and her husband are expecting twins!

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We Will Remember Them

We MUST remember them… and all that they fought for, all that they lived and died for.

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Ribs That Matter

Way back when the world felt a bit more innocent and Barack Obama and John McCain were squaring off against each other in a presidential election, I saw a recipe for John McCain’s Ribs. I was an Obama supporter, but I found myself desperately wanting to make McCain’s ribs, not just because they sounded good,…

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Crepuscular Rays

En route to Kent on Monday evening to visit the labyrinth in Chislehurst Methodist Church (story here), we were treated to a most amazing heavenly display. It was so beautiful, in fact, that we detoured to find a side road so we could get out of the car to enjoy it with our cameras: Scientifically,…

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Crickets in the Mint

As you may already know, England is in the midst of a hot, dry summer. Our lawn is crispy but our patio plants are thriving in the sunshine…. and the air is full of insects, from crickets to dragonflies to the biggest bumblebees I’ve ever seen. Because I enjoy making my own herbal tea blends,…

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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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