Storm Barney

The gusting wind is rattling the roof tiles this evening, leaving everything feeling unsettled. I could feel the storm approaching, so I went out walking in plenty of time to be back before things got too intense. I was, for once, out ahead of the dog-walking regulars. The calm before the storm – Barney is…

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Sparkle and Spark

We awoke to thick fog again this morning, and I couldn’t resist heading right out into it — the fog was so dense that it was literally dripping from the trees as I walked under them. It would have been terrible driving out on the main roads, but in the sleepy streets of our neighbourhood,…

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Red Sky at Morning

Red sky at morning sailors take warning… Today’s rain came as no surprise after we awoke to this glorious sunrise. But who can complain about a bit of dampness after a show like this? ‘Twas worth waking up early for! Here in Britain, of course, it is voiced a bit differently: Red sky at night, shepherds’…

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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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Art in Bloom

Our 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…

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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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Farewell Bow

This was the view out the window of the plane as we flew out of Sweden on Sunday evening – an ulta-bright double rainbow, a symbol of promise and love. Thanks, Sweden, for a wonderful week of labyrinths, friendship, and culture! Oh the best-laid plans… I put a small gallery of photos from the National…

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A Sky Filled with Colour

After an unexpectedly nice morning, some really dark skies brought us loud thunderclaps and brilliant rainbows late this afternoon. As today was a work day, this was the view from our office window.

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Bold Optimism

To be honest, this photo is a bit misleading in that it looks like spring is struggling to arrive, when in actuality the wildflowers are blooming madly and wildly in both the woods and our gardens, and trees are bursting into both leaf and blossom. Nevertheless, this brave little chestnut seedling caught my eye and captured…

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Floral Carpet

My buddy and I headed out into West Wood to see the wildflowers today.. The wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) are in their seasonal prime this week, carpeting large swathes of the forest floor. The trees are leafing out at last, and the woods are looking quite different than on our last visit just over a month…

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