Walking in the World


Evening Glow


We have summer! Real summer! It’s rare that we get temperatures warm enough to qualify for that designation. It’s tempting to complain about being too hot, but it’s just so fun to run around barefoot and wear real summer clothes, that I don’t dare utter a single word of complaint about the heat. I didn’t feel up to joining Jeff on his nature hike this afternoon, but I couldn’t let the beauty of today pass unappreciated, so I headed out for an evening ramble around the neighbourhood, soaking up the summer smells of freshly mown grass and after-work barbecues.

Our own garden comes to life with evening primrose at this time of year. I’m afraid they tend to look a bit scraggly during the daytime, but just look at what greets us once the sun goes down! They almost seem to glow in the dusk, welcoming us back home.

18 Jul 2016

Walking Again


I have to admit that it’s been nice to surrender to the cold and just stay indoors the past few weeks. But today the sun was out, and I could hear my walking shoes calling to me. With the steadily lengthening days my thoughts are starting to turn to spring adventures and journeys, and as those plans start falling into place, I feel more like walking myself back into shape. On this morning’s walk, I was greeted by little signs of spring poking up in neighbouring gardens.


10 Feb 2016



My January disappeared into a soft blur of homey activities. In a barely visible sort of way, I got a lot of things done here at home to set me up for tackling some of my bigger 2016 goals. January is often like that for me, a time of natural inwardness. I didn’t much want to go out walking in the world; my whole body felt lethargic and slow-moving, and I was happy to give in to the inclination to stay home and putter around my nest, sorting and clearing, cooking and cleaning. Now, with February’s arrival, I feel my energy stirring and my creative juices beginning to flow.

Although we had one cold week, we’ve not had snow, nor have we suffered from the storms that have battered other parts of Britain. Our gardens aren’t sure what to think about the weather… and I had the distinct feeling that these daffodils were giggling as I walked past them this morning.

Daffodowndilly has come to town,
in a yellow petticoat and a green gown.
~  Traditional Rhyme

01 Feb 2016

Harbingers of Spring


January is drawing to a close and we’re already enjoying some harbingers of spring. We have dozens of blooms poking up in our back garden, and today’s cheery sunshine is warming my soul.

Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace; throws out the snowdrop and the crocus first.
– James Thomson

28 Jan 2016

December Rose


We might only be a couple of weeks away from the winter solstice, but our mild weather is throwing up a few surprises… we found a wild rose still in bloom alongside the rose hips one would normally expect to see at this time of year. This week, this year, I willingly embrace beauty wherever it is found!

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
James M. Barrie

04 Dec 2015

Art in Bloom

DahliaOur neighbourhood gardens are being cut back as the flowers die off and we start preparing for winter. But a few hearty blooms still hang in there, and they seem all the lovelier for their tenacity! Just look at the delicate lilac tips on the petals of this dahlia – she certainly lives up to her reputation as Queen of the Autumn Garden. Mother Nature amazes me with her artistry!

05 Oct 2015

Homegrown Blooms

Not much walking today, I’m afraid. The weather is cool and wet, and it has been just too tempting to stay home and get some work done. Things will change tomorrow when we head over to Chelmsford for some meetings before we dive into the rest of our week, but for today, I’ll just share this photo of the evening primroses (Oenothera  biennis) that are growing in our front garden. The weather conditions must be perfect for them this year, because we’ve never seen them so huge and healthy..

27 Jul 2015

Summer Dance

Fuschiabright ballerinas
dance to the fairy’s music,
gracing the garden

21 Jul 2015

Smell the Roses


I am so grateful for my neighbours who grow roses…

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends
— Persian Proverb

17 Jul 2015

Precious Perfume


The weather cleared in time for me to walk to Bodkins this evening. One garden always smells particularly nice as I walk past, and this beauty is the reason why. Resuming my summer evening walks is one the best parts of being back home again!

Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns.
― Marty Rubin



14 Jul 2015

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