Walking in the World

Monthly Archives: July 2015

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!

31 Jul 2015

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.

I love that about my husband; his connection to nature runs almost magnetically through his body. Not only does he know when and where to look, but he knows exactly what it is that he’s seeing. Quite amazing, as his patience in waiting to see and photograph what he senses is out there. Reluctant disclaimer: I saw and enjoyed the butterfly – and her colourful cousins – but Jeff took this particular photograph.


30 Jul 2015

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, I noticed a slight movement amongst the flowers and found this furry fellow feasting happily. He didn’t seem at all bothered by my presence, and we spent several companionable moments together before we both needed to move on. I am so in awe of the wonderful diversity that the world has to offer, and I’m so grateful that I am learning to see its beauty.

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.
– Srikumar Rao

29 Jul 2015

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.

28 Jul 2015

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 photo of the evening primroses (Oenothera  biennis) that are growing in our front garden. The weather conditions must be perfect for them this year, because we’ve never seen them so huge and healthy..

27 Jul 2015

All Are Welcome

Bug Hotel

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 itself dates back to the 1800’s and boasts some lovely architectural features, but yesterday it seemed to me that it’s loveliest features may have been the loving hearts of the congregation. Clearly the messages of community service and environmental concern are being lived out in the lives and actions of those who worship here.

This structure will attract a multitude of insect species and give them with a safe place to hide and hibernate, providing both the garden and the neighbourhood with a wide diversity of beneficial bugs which can ultimately help with pollination and address some aspects of pest control.

24 Jul 2015

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.

23 Jul 2015

Summer Dance

Fuschiabright ballerinas
dance to the fairy’s music,
gracing the garden

21 Jul 2015

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.

19 Jul 2015

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

17 Jul 2015

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