Rainy Day

I did finally make it out for a walk this afternoon, but for the most part I just wanted to curl up indoors while it drizzled and rained and damped outside. Very bleaaagh. I keep reminding myself that the rain is what makes England a green and pleasant land…. and it also makes mushroom-y marvels…

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Bright Spinners

  Our village is sporting some fantastic new spots of colour. These pinwheels are a bit of advance publicity for a community arts festival next week… how can you not smile when you see a a bunch of lively spinning wheels like this? They really brighten my walk!  

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Out on the Coast

Our ragged coastline makes for interesting walking. Jeff tends to head out onto the mudflats (eewwww!) at low tide so he can poke around in search of fossils so old they make my head spin. While he does that, I can walk out along the sea wall for an overview of the the river, the…

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Italy in Essex

I’ve been excited to go to the Italian Market on Rayleigh High Street. Expecting a crowd, we got there right at 9:00, which was the advertised start time, only to find a grand total of two stands, both of which were just beginning to be set up. We parked and walked and waited, and…. it…

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Puzzling Rayleigh’s Monkeys

We were back in Rayleigh for an appointment this morning, and we dutifully walked the High Street for a bit of shopping and browsing. As always, we stopped to admire the huge Monkey Puzzle Tree at the junction of Bellingham Lane and London Hill. (We actually took these photos last week when the weather was…

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Ready to Roll

The Royal Mail trucks are waiting for their Posties, all lined up in front of the sorting office. A silly thing, but I really do enjoy seeing the red trucks and post boxes here, and it’s not often that I’m out and about early enough to see them all together like this. The bright crisp…

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Celebrating the Season

Halloween has become big business in the USA — I’m used to that, and have always liked both the popular festivities and the spiritual traditions in which they are rooted. But it seems strange to see Halloween props and treats suddenly appear in mainstream English culture, especially when there are already so many seasonal celebrations at this…

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Bright Spirit

I pass by this mural on the side of Thundersley Congregational Church every day, and don’t usually give it much thought, but this afternoon the sun was coming from just the right angle, lighting it up and making it impossible to miss. Certainly brightens that vacant lot! The church offers a host of programs in the…

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Beachcombing

Beachcombing runs in the Saward family. While I walked along the seawall this morning, Jeff and our granddaughter, Lucy, shuffled along at the edge of the water, looking for (and finding) shells and fossils. From my vantage point, I could enjoy watching the similarity of these two souls as they moved in total sync with…

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Grandmother Spider

Spiders. They are everywhere this time of year, and I marvel at their amazing webs. I love watching them spin and repair their lacy testaments to productivity and survival, but don’t really like seeing what they catch for their dinner. This lady and her web were too beautiful to ignore when I noticed them from across a garden…

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