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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Tree Love

Once upon a time a Tree was so loved that when it came time to put a little brick wall around its garden,  the owners left a break in the wall so as not to disturb the tree. Over the years, the Tree grew tall and provided shade for the garden and beauty to the…

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Walking amongst Friends

Back in chilly England where spring is still tiptoeing in tentatively, it still feels good to be back among familiar friends.

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Old Trees, New Spring

The morning was so beautiful that we were lured out for an early morning walk in West Wood, where old trees reach to the sky, creating a sense of timelessness. I love this time of year when you can still see the bare bones of the leafless trees, but can also feel the hidden tremble…

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Blackthorn Blossoms

A stroll through muddy Coombe Wood turned up some very welcome, albeit tiny, signs that spring is on its way.

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