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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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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