Summer Colour

  A burst of colour on my morning walk. Today feels almost summery, and I’m loving the chance to walk in the sunshine. The temperatures are still mild, but the blue sky is welcome indeed!

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Rare Sighting

Continuing on yesterday’s theme of insects and nature’s diversity, we didn’t have to go far this morning to find this exquisite – and rare to this area – silver-washed fritillary butterfly (Argynnis paphia). It was lovely to enjoy this beauty flitting through the garden as we drank our coffee this morning, and Jeff was beyond excited….

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Bees and Blossoms

The blessing of this blog has been the experience of noticing; I have paid closer attention to the world around me because of my commitment to show up here in Blogland at the end of each day. I already had a photo ready to post, but then as I was walking through the neighbourhood this evening,…

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The River Chelmer

We were well rewarded for our early start this morning — we had time for a walk before our meetings, enjoying the loveliness of the river Chelmer where it flows through central Chelmsford. By the time we concluded our business, clouds had rolled in, and the rest of the day has been grey and wet.

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Homegrown Blooms

Not much walking today, I’m afraid. The weather is cool and wet, and it has been just too tempting to stay home and get some work done. Things will change tomorrow when we head over to Chelmsford for some meetings before we dive into the rest of our week, but for today, I’ll just share this…

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All Are Welcome

After a meeting at All Saints Church in Southend yesterday, we noticed this curiously beautiful structure on the edge of the garden. It looked so purposeful that I just had to ask about it. It’s a bug hotel, conceived and initiated by the church’s youth, and constructed by a church member. The All Saints Church…

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A Gull on Every Post

Fantastic sighting along the Southend seafront this evening as we made our way home from a meeting – the resident black-headed gulls were hosting some of their Mediterranean cousins, all lined up on posts as the tide was going out.

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Barbecue Weather

No matter where you are in the world. there’s nothing quite like a Saturday barbecue with good friends. The long hours of daylight here at 51° North make for some lovely summer evenings, though I must say it got a little too hard to wait until dark to set off the birthday fireworks.

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Smell the Roses

I am so grateful for my neighbours who grow roses… The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends — Persian Proverb

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