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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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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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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Perfectly Sunday

Yesterday’s fog is long gone, and this morning dawned bright and clear. With golden sunshine streaming in on us, we decided to take advantage of the day. We drove down to the seafront (aka the River Thames) where we stopped at a few of our favourite places, simply to enjoy the view. First stop was…

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Friendship & Ferries

After a busy and productive few days of work and friendship, we said goodbye over a special dinner before heading back to the ferry port at Harwich and waving goodbye to Els. She’ll be watching tonight’s supermoon eclipse from the middle of the North Sea while we’ll be hanging out our bedroom window here at…

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