Travel Day

We covered many miles yesterday, driving around London on the M25 to the new and improved Heathrow Terminal 2 (wow, I still can’t believe we enjoyed our time at that airport!), then flying up to Stockholm. The only glitch in our day was that we essentially followed the storm that drenched us in England yesterday,…

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Calming

We are off to Sweden tomorrow to meet up with a group of labyrinth enthusiasts for a visit to Gotland, an island in the middle of the Baltic which has been home to labyrinths for centuries. My walks in the coming week should be quite interesting, and I’ve been looking forward to this adventure for months!…

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Woodland Friends

The woods at Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve have become home to some familiar and beloved woodland characters, and we met them all on our walk this morning! Badger, Ratty, Toad and all the rest were oh-so-wiling to meet their adoring audience of school children and their parents. Wouldn’t you just love to know what they’re…

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Wildflower Garden

It’s impossible to walk past this garden without smiling! The California poppies I photographed last week have been joined by their European cousins, Papaveroideae, and a host of colourful friends.

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Floral Abundance

Lovely! The peony (Paeonia) certainly brightens the world, doesn’t it? This lush bloom is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of his teacher by turning him into the peony flower. Today peonies symbolize wealth and honour, and are considered to…

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Smell the Roses

We have some fantastic gardeners in our neighbourbood, people who surround their homes with foreign poppies, Nessie hedges, and seasonal blooms that take my breath away. Roses are blooming now, so the sun-warmed air was filled with their perfume as I walked to the village this morning. I can smell these yellow roses from half a block…

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Catching Up

The Mexican Kitchen van and an evening of good food with good friends last Friday — it was a perfect start to a quiet weekend of catching up on both rest and work! Maybe tomorrow I’ll make it out for a nice long walk in the woods. We leave to lead our Sweden tour at the…

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Royalty Walked Here!

  Hadleigh Castle can be bleak in the winter, but come spring when the sun comes out and the wind dies down, it is one of the loveliest places in England. The walk out is a beautiful one, the path through the trees is lined with Queen Ann’s Lace before opening up to stunning views…

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A California Immigrant

California poppies, Eschscholzia californica… these golden beauties are a touch of home-away-from-home for me, and always evoke a flood of memories. As a child I was taught that our state flowers were special, and never to be picked. I have always appreciated their seasonal appearance, but never more so than since I’ve been living here in England….

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A Sky Filled with Colour

After an unexpectedly nice morning, some really dark skies brought us loud thunderclaps and brilliant rainbows late this afternoon. As today was a work day, this was the view from our office window.

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