Still Walking

Yes, I’m still walking, still heading out the door every day in search of beauty and adventure. But I’ve also been rather obsessed with some of my creative projects here at home, As I told you some time ago, I’ve always wanted to make teddy bears, and I’ve been using every spare minute to do…

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Silent Street

  The internet is a wonderful thing! (Obviously, or this blog wouldn’t exist…) After my post about our morning in Ipswich, a reader did a bit of research and sent me an update on the naming of Silent Street. Now why didn’t I think of that? I had googled Ipswich, but didn’t take it any further….

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Long to Reign Over Us

At approximately 5:30 this afternoon, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, outliving her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria. At her request, the celebrations have been low-key, but the day has been well marked, and I’ve certainly been aware of it within my psyche. As an American school child in the…

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Because it’s September

September! Perhaps it was because I spent so many (many) years as a student that September will always mean back-to-school, even when I have no formal school to go back to. New books. Shiny pens. Fresh goals. High excitement. Crisp apples. I’m not in school anymore, but the autumnnal undertones are flowing strong. The slow, lazy days of…

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Walking with Big Red

I’m a bona fide gadget queen who has wanted a red laptop for a long time, and this seems to be the year that I’m finally galloping away from basic black techno-gadgets. My new phone (for photographing my walks) is a classy gold (so that I won’t always be searching for a black phone in…

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Life, Death, & Art

  Our wandering took us to a favourite place today, the Watts Chapel and Gallery in Compton. For me, this is a place of pilgrimage on many levels. There are labyrinths and pilgrim crosses to be seen, great (gluten free) cakes to be eaten, and interesting art exhibits to be experienced. We always enjoy ourselves,…

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The Dengie

In direct contrast to my trip to London a couple of days ago, we drove out to the Dengie today. A peninsula on the Essex coast that lies between two rivers, the Blackwater and the Crouch, the Dengie is always breezy, and can be quite bleak in the winter, but today it was mild and…

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Wonky Bear

I’ve been moving in deep waters this week, struggling to balance my internal and external realities. Some days I’ve had words, other days images, but the two just haven’t come together in coherent form. Nothing’s wrong. I got glutened last weekend (gluten is not my friend!), and my energy has been low all week. As I’ve rested,…

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Beautiful Things in Humble Places

After weeks of exciting travel and interesting adventures, it is a bit jolting be home where no one asks me what I want for breakfast and my daily walks in the world are once again practical and mundane. Does anyone care that I walked to Rouge on Saturday to get a pedicure? Or that I couldn’t…

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Change

True confession: I have a favourite labyrinth. I absolutely love the Touchstone Maze in the forest above Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands. An arts project created in the 1990’s, it features standing stones imported from all over Scotland. Walking up into the woods this morning, we were shocked to see that danger signs had been…

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