Walking in the World


September Sunshine


Our rainy morning gave way to glorious sunshine this afternoon. I wasn’t quick enough with my camera to show you the real highlight of my walk, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I passed several people carrying litter-pickers and sacks of trash, cleaning up the streets of Thundersley. It must have been an organized project, but it caught me by surprise and somehow made our sunny afternoon seem even sunnier!

12 Sep 2015

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 1960’s, I was taught that no one need bow (literally or figuratively) to a monarch, but since choosing to take citizenship here 10 years ago, I’ve accepted that in my adopted country we have a queen whom I’ve grown to love and deeply respect.

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
God save the Queen.

The BBC website features a moving tribute of photos from her 63-year reign, with one photo chosen from each year.

09 Sep 2015

Signs of the Season


Our local footpaths lead through woodland that is incredibly lush at this time of year… this one is a shortcut leading to Thundersley Common. Although the sky was darkening, I risked the possibility of rain and walked over to visit a friend. Her garden, too, is lush and bountiful, and is providing both food and colour:


02 Sep 2015

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 August are already gone and I’m recommitting to my projects and goals. I bought a new FitBit this afternoon so I can go back to counting my steps, and I’ll be back to daily(ish) blogging about my walks and forays into the world. My goal, however, isn’t to walk a certain amount of steps each day, but to move enough to feel strong and flexible without overdoing and hurting my hip. That goal isn’t very quantifiable, but wearing a pedometer really does help me stay honest about how much walking I actually do in a given day, and I think I walk farther and more often because of it.

We made a day out of our shopping expedition, enjoying each other’s company, outfitting our kitchen with new dishes and cutlery, lunching on pizza. Along with the normal shopping centre sights, we also came across this curious modern sculpture in the carpark:


Oddly, it looked more purposeful than reckless. Go figure. Modern art?

Oh, and I ordered myself a new pen this afternoon. Because it’s September.

01 Sep 2015

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