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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Old Grey

Our weather seems to be trying out every shade of grey today. It’s not particularly cold, just grey and (now) drizzly. This horse made me laugh as she reached her neck through the fence to nibble on the greener side — she almost looks like she’s wearing a crown. Sweet! I guess she’s going to…

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Softly, Gently

As I’ve been telling you, this is a fun week for the village, but today I’m giving in to the fatigue and scratchy throat that have been hovering in the background for the past couple of days. As testament to the walking practice I’ve been developing, I still walked, but I divided the day into…

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Rainy Day

I did finally make it out for a walk this afternoon, but for the most part I just wanted to curl up indoors while it drizzled and rained and damped outside. Very bleaaagh. I keep reminding myself that the rain is what makes England a green and pleasant land…. and it also makes mushroom-y marvels…

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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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Grandmother Spider

Spiders. They are everywhere this time of year, and I marvel at their amazing webs. I love watching them spin and repair their lacy testaments to productivity and survival, but don’t really like seeing what they catch for their dinner. This lady and her web were too beautiful to ignore when I noticed them from across a garden…

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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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Today was cloudy and dark, with some periods of heavy rain… I wish we could send some of those raindrops to my native California where fires are burning out of control. I offer my heartfelt prayers, of course, and am deeply saddened, but also inspired by the way the community is pulling together to support…

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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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Stay-at-Home Sunday

We woke up to sunshine and blue skies today, with just a hint of an autumnal nip in the air…. a perfect day for doing a few garden garden jobs and working on a few projects here at home. This lovely Speckled Wood butterfly was flitting about in the garden while we were out tidying things up….

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