It’s My Day

Today is World Stationery Day – the holiday with my name on it! For me, happiness has always been a new pen, a notebook, some glue, inks, paperclips, or what have you. If it is sold in a stationery store, I’m almost guaranteed to love it. I celebrated by making a pilgrimage to my local stationery/art shop with a…

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Sedge in the Woods

With May nearly upon us, we are enjoying our sport of nosing around gardens and woodlands in search of the local flora and fauna. While many of the flowers we find are beautiful and showy, some are just downright strange – but still beautiful in their own right. We found these pendulous sedge flowers (Carex pendula)…

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Farewell to a Friend

We said goodbye to a close friend’s father this morning, and my heart is feeling soft and open… that happens when I am invited by design or circumstance to stand close by at times of birth and death. Funerals here in England are different from the ones I remember attending in California, but the intensity and respect…

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Puttering

Today was a puttering sort of Sunday. Gentle rain has been falling, the air is full of birdsong, and the world smells damp and earthy. I spent most of the day reading and working on little jobs here at home, and didn’t really feel like taking myself out for a major walk. Instead I simply wandered…

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Bold Optimism

To be honest, this photo is a bit misleading in that it looks like spring is struggling to arrive, when in actuality the wildflowers are blooming madly and wildly in both the woods and our gardens, and trees are bursting into both leaf and blossom. Nevertheless, this brave little chestnut seedling caught my eye and captured…

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Floral Carpet

My buddy and I headed out into West Wood to see the wildflowers today.. The wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) are in their seasonal prime this week, carpeting large swathes of the forest floor. The trees are leafing out at last, and the woods are looking quite different than on our last visit just over a month…

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Goodbye Winter Boots

I am so ready to kick off my winter boots, but it’s definitely not quite sandal season yet. I found these gorgeous walking shoes in a charity shop in Glastonbury when we were there a few weeks ago — nearly new, and in my size and colour, so how could I resist? I still need…

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Tide’s Out

The River Thames is a tidal river, and the daily rise and fall of the tide is noticeable, especially out here in the estuary where the mighty river meets the North Sea. When the tide is in, the water laps at the sea wall, but then it retreats nearly a mile on some low tides. The…

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Almost al Fresco

England is not known for being a sidewalk culture, but when the weather is nice, we open our windows and get as close to the outdoors as we can, even in the middle of our towns and cities. Perhaps we appreciate the sunshine all the more because of the many grey days we endure throughout…

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Chocolat

Yes, this really is a photo of today’s walk. I meandered through our local neighbourhood en route to meet a friend who very loving hand-carried these chocolate delicacies from Stohrer — la plus ancienne patisserie de Paris last night. I am savouring each little nibble: mocha ganache, nougat, and salted caramel. Merci!

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