Jeff’s Morning

As if to prove the point that where we live is a world away from London, Jeff snapped this picture on his early morning wanderings along the Canvey Island seawall where he keeps a close eye on bird migrations this time of year. It’s the same River Thames that runs through London, but much wider…

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Across the Causeway

Living out on the Thames estuary is a far cry from living in London. Sometimes I long for a more cosmopolitan community, but other times this seems just right for me, particularly when I’m out with Jeff and he encourages me to see the landscape through his eyes. There is so much here! After leaving St….

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An Essex Gem

While I was working on Tuesday evening, my sweetie was planning a Big Day Out to take advantage of Wednesday’s predicted good weather, probably one of the last warm days of 2016. Once the schools traffic had died down we drove out into the countryside, past picturesque buildings and farms. (Yes, that seriously cute barn really does have…

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A-maze-ing Saffron Walden!

Every few years, the Minotaur comes to Saffron Walden, home of the wonderful 17th century turf maze. He came, in many forms, as part of the 2016 Saffron Walden Maze Festival, which was a rousing success. Every three years, the town celebrates its maze-y history, as enthusiasts and creatives gather together to chat, walk, make, and play with labyrinths and…

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Day is Done

While I was teaching last night, Jeff went to watch the day sink into night….

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Evening Glow

We have summer! Real summer! It’s rare that we get temperatures warm enough to qualify for that designation. It’s tempting to complain about being too hot, but it’s just so fun to run around barefoot and wear real summer clothes, that I don’t dare utter a single word of complaint about the heat. I didn’t…

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Carters Steam Fair

I haven’t been to a carnival in years, but when we saw that Carters Steam Fair was back in Chalkwell Park this week, we took advantage of the mild weather and headed to Southend to check out the vintage travelling funfair. The Galloper is similar to and American carousel, but differs in several significant ways….

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Fearsome You Are…

Clearly, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. For one thing, the meeting is taking place in sunshine. In January. In Essex. Secondly, there were no children present when this happened, just two grown up women having tea together. It felt quite momentous. Not quite sure who’s saying what to who. Maybe I…

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Morning Visitor

Sometimes, if you don’t go out into the world, the world comes to you. This little lady, a hawfinch, showed up in our garden this morning, much to Jeff’s delight — he’s convinced that he’s the first birder to find one in a local garden. So, a happy morning for us!

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Canewdon

My energy is coming back slowly…. but before I start in with new walks and adventures, I want to finish telling you about our New Year’s Day outing. Once the swans were fed (and Lucy was coaxed back into good humour at the playground), we drove out to the parish church in Canewdon that I showed you briefly…

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