Sunset

We drove to the ferry port at Harwich to meet our friend, Els, who is visiting for the weekend. I had planned to show you the ferry, but en route we were so taken with the beauty of the setting sun that we just had to pull into lay-by so that I could get a…

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Meet the Clangers

Look who appeared on a post box in nearby Hadleigh — the Clangers! For those of you in other parts of the world who don’t know about Clangers, you can read about them here and experience them here. They seem to be universally loved by the great British public, though personally I find them incredibly annoying –…

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Seasonal Sights

The good thing about Ikea is that you can easily rack up 2500 steps between the front door and the exit, even when you head straight for the Market Hall without setting foot in the showroom. After three visits in one week, I’m getting quicker at making my way through the maze of household goods, but…

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The Dengie

In direct contrast to my trip to London a couple of days ago, we drove out to the Dengie today. A peninsula on the Essex coast that lies between two rivers, the Blackwater and the Crouch, the Dengie is always breezy, and can be quite bleak in the winter, but today it was mild and…

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Welcome to Rayleigh

Coming from a part of the world where public transport is nearly non-existent, I marvel at what we have here in Britain. We live between two different train lines, either of which can deliver us to central London in less than an hour. Today the train into Rayleigh carried two very special passengers, Carol and Kelly…

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Holy Ground

Another splendid morning that begged us to enjoy a bit of exploration as we ran our usual errands. Holy Trinity Church stands at the top of the High Street in Rayleigh, watching over the town as it has for centuries. There has been a church on this site since Saxon times, and the tower you see here dates to the…

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Summer Morning

Southern England is quite beautiful at the moment, with sunny days, deep blue skies, and glorious flowers. As we had to do a few errands in Rayleigh early this morning, I took advantage of being out and about and went for a stroll along the High Street. This abundant display is outside the Crown pub, on…

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Cast Iron Cross

Walking through Hadleigh en route to a business meeting, I passed by the Church of St. James the Less (which I’ve shown you before), and noticed an unusual grave cross in one corner of the church yard. Made of cast iron, it doesn’t give any information about the person whose grave it marks, but it…

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Summer Colour

  A burst of colour on my morning walk. Today feels almost summery, and I’m loving the chance to walk in the sunshine. The temperatures are still mild, but the blue sky is welcome indeed!

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The River Chelmer

We were well rewarded for our early start this morning — we had time for a walk before our meetings, enjoying the loveliness of the river Chelmer where it flows through central Chelmsford. By the time we concluded our business, clouds had rolled in, and the rest of the day has been grey and wet.

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