Morning Visitor

Sometimes, if you don’t go out into the world, the world comes to you. This little lady, a hawfinch, showed up in our garden this morning, much to Jeff’s delight — he’s convinced that he’s the first birder to find one in a local garden. So, a happy morning for us!

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Remembering Joyce Long

Thundersley said goodbye to an amazing resident this morning. Joyce Long made a momentous decision many years ago when her husband was ill and our local hospital lacked the equipment needed for his treatment. This classy lady began fundraising to raise cash for the hospital and kept going long after the original equipment was purchased…

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The End of an Era

Sixty years ago, Audrey and Peter fell in love and began to build a new house together on land that was already in Peter’s family. When the house was finished, they got married, moved in, and subsequently raised their family in the home they christened St. Cloud. Jeff is their oldest child, and we live…

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A Proper Village Fayre

Thundersley did itself proud this afternoon. Friends and neighbours gathered to celebrate the season and wish each other well as shopkeepers welcomed us with open doors and festive food and drink. Jenny the Donkey came to see the children. Father Christmas was there with reindeer and treats for good little boys and girls. Our local hairdressers created…

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Long Days

Busy. Busy. By this evening we only had enough energy left to stop in at the local  takeaway… A grilled chicken breast and salad for me and a bit of everything for Jeff. Felt pretty good to let someone else do the cooking for once.

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Make Pretty

This has been such a hard week for so many of us — the news is painful to see and hear, wherever we are. My knitting hero, Franklin Habit, posted these words: “The more ugly they make, the more pretty I will make.” They came at exactly the right time for me, and I’m shifting…

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Hello, December!

I am excited about the arrival of the Christmas season now that December is really here. For me, the Thanksgiving weekend always marks the beginning of decorations and Christmas carols, though nowadays we wait until Solstice to put up our Christmas tree so that its sparkly goodness can mark the return of the Light. Until…

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Goodbye November!

Dear November, it doesn’t feel like you stayed around very long. We packed so much into your days that they just flew past, and now we’re already waving goodbye. From the lovely weather we enjoyed in Switzerland when you first arrived, to the broody skies we saw in Northern Ireland last week, to the long cold…

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The Reluctant Walker

Even after yesterday’s epiphany about the joys and benefits of walking in cold weather, I still had a hard time pushing myself out the door today. Any and every excuse seemed better than actually putting on my hat and gloves and setting out, so much so that it was already getting dark by the time…

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Winter’s Approach

A quick photo to show you that today’s walk was both cold and beautiful. I’ll post some Belfast stories tomorrow, but the carry-over into today was that I went out at all, into the cold. Yesterday’s hilly hike through the icy sleet reminded me that I am a strong walker and that I don’t need…

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