Doing the Maths

Just wondering…  How many steps does it take to cancel out the calories in one gluten-free pizza? One nice walk through Rayleigh plus one good friend and a leisurely lunch  adds up to a great day out!

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Softly Spring

Spring seemed so soft and happy today, inspiring and inviting a sense of gentle joy. We walked through Leigh-on-Sea, lunching on healthy salads at Barlow & Fields,  then wandering through other local shops. It felt so nice to be out without scarves and gloves, warm enough in the sunshine but still feeling chilly in the…

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Greeting Spring

Even the cars are blinking and batting their eyelashes in our lovely early spring sunshine. It’s cold outside, but oh-so-pretty!

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Back on my Feet

Jeff and I were both felled by nasty colds on Saturday, so going walking was out of the question for a couple of days while we shivered and sneezed uncontrollably. Just being back in the world felt good today, and I was grateful for the sunshine and blue skies, despite the cruel nip of the…

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Evening in February

Days are still short in February; sometimes evening catches me by surprise at this time of year. We had a lot to do today after our few days away, and I ran out of day long before reaching the bottom of my To Do list; my walk today was in deep twilight, a pragmatic walk incorporating…

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Marvellous Old Mill

Rayleigh Mill was looking quite resplendent this morning when we walked through town. This beautiful windmill in the centre of Rayleigh is a well-loved landmark, and a lovely destination for a walk when we’re in the neighbourhood. Built in 1809, the Mill worked hard in its day, but now houses a local museum and offers…

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Wind from the North

It is, in a word, cold. Lots of sleet today. We drove down to the seafront on our way home from somewhere else this morning, but decided that watching the birds and tides from the relative comfort of the car was far more enticing than getting out and braving the wind. Our earlier walk along…

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Winter on the River

I am a self-confessed Hermit who has to remind herself to say yes to people, adventure, and life. It snowed a little last night (for the first time in 2 years), so it was especially tempting to stay curled up in front of the fire all day, well away from slushy roads and cold winds….

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Fit for a Queen

Every Queen needs a bit of castle time, and I’m no exception. We walked out to one of my happy spots, the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, to take advantage of this morning’s crisp, clear weather. Set on high ground overlooking the Thames Estuary, the ruins of the 13th century castle are beautifully maintained, and provide…

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Pennies from Heaven

Find a penny, pick it up, All day long you’ll have good luck I can never resist, and it always makes me happy… My husband picks up coins, too… but some of his finds are way more interesting than mine. He found this one out on the banks of the River Blackwater last Sunday. Minted circa…

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