Greeting 2016

New Year’s Day, 2016: We bundled up early to head into the cold morning to greet the year with a spirit of adventure. We started with the familiar by stopping at Rayleigh Mill, which I have shown you many times through the seasons, and then drove further down the road to Hullbridge to feed the swans…

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Nativity!

For unto us, a child is born… Spotted at the top of Rayleigh High Street Happy Christmas, one and all!

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Shop Local!

We love our local shops and try to support them whenever we can. One of our seasonal traditions is to go to Rayleigh to pick up a Christmasy box of Essex apples to share over the holidays. And while we were there, we also stopped in at Byford’s for a handmade pork and stuffing pie for…

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Winter Warming

We are not having a normal winter. Along with this: we are also seeing this: I’m a bit concerned weather-wise, but so far as comfort goes, I’m not complaining. I hate being cold, so I’m enjoying going outside without my coat.

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Heybridge Basin

‘Twas a lovely day at Heybridge Basin this morning and the animals were out in force! (These statues are in one of the gardens bordering on the footpath.) Further down the road, the tide was in, and the cold, clear air made for a beautiful coastal wander. Heybridge Basin is the start of the Chelmer and…

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Winemaking in Essex?

Absolutely!  And with this year’s mild weather, we’ve heard that the local vineyards have had a super year, so we were really keen to head out into the Essex countryside to taste – and buy – the local wine. Our Purleigh pilgrimage has become a regular part of our Christmas season, and fits in with our buy-local gift-giving…

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Recycled Humour

This week has been intense from start to finish, but we’ve gotten a lot done, and I’ve managed a few good long walks despite grey skies, fierce wind, and a crazy workload. On a trip to the tip (recycling centre) yesterday, we found this little lady peering through the rain — and she made us smile.

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Meat & Two Veg

Hadleigh’s greengrocer and butcher shop always has a nice array of seasonal treats. I walked up from Thundersley to meet a friend for coffee this morning and took a bit of time on the way home to see what was on offer. Our weather is extremely mild at the moment, but the skies are grey and dismal so this bright…

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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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