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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Tide’s Out

The River Thames is a tidal river, and the daily rise and fall of the tide is noticeable, especially out here in the estuary where the mighty river meets the North Sea. When the tide is in, the water laps at the sea wall, but then it retreats nearly a mile on some low tides. The…

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Flaunting It

Sometimes it seems nicer to stay inside and putter than to put on walking shoes and head out into the world. But even a short walk shows me something new or interesting, and then for the rest of the day I’m glad I made the effort to go out. Today it was this shrub that…

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Old Hatfield Palace

In terms of weather, England does a lot of grey, but when it does colour, it does so with breathtaking splendour! We took advantage of the good weather forecast for today by driving up to Hatfield House, north of London, where we went for a long walk through the gardens and parkland. (Can you imagine…

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Coming Soon

We probably won’t get to Scotland in time to see the bluebells this year, so I’m watching for signs of their appearance here in Essex. I don’t think I have long to wait… Stay tuned!

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Day by Day

The trees in the woods are covered in the green fuzz of new growth, and colour is literally popping out of the sidewalks as spring advances day by day, the weather teasing us with fierce winds one day and soft breezes the next. Today was a gentle day, perfect for enjoying little flowers in unexpected places.

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Birth and Rebirth

Today is my amazing husband’s birthday,  so birth and celebration are on our minds… but we are are also dealing with caring responsibly for his ageing mother,  and a dear friend’s father died last night,  so life and death feel very real and quite bittersweet at the moment. As I walked to work this evening, …

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