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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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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