The Alatri Acropolis

We are having a marvellous Italian adventure and, as always, we are meeting the most wonderful people because of our shared interest in the labyrinth. I will write about Alatri and its labyrinth on my Ariadne’s Thread site once we are home and can access all our photos….. But for now, let me just share…

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Hilltop to Hilltop

We flew from Stansted to Naples this morning, rented a car, and headed into the hills, quite literally. Our first stop was in Colli a Volturno, one of the medieval villages that still perch on the hilltops in this beautiful part of the world. In the center of town, there is a little plaza dominated…

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Travel Toes

I will be walking further afield in the coming weeks, starting tomorrow morning when we fly to southern Italy for a few days of labyrinth research and photography. I realize it’s going to be cold at this time of year, probably even snowy up in the mountains, so we’re prepared for whatever the weather gods…

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Marvellous Old Mill

Rayleigh Mill was looking quite resplendent this morning when we walked through town. This beautiful windmill in the centre of Rayleigh is a well-loved landmark, and a lovely destination for a walk when we’re in the neighbourhood. Built in 1809, the Mill worked hard in its day, but now houses a local museum and offers…

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Stately Sentinel

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, a certain ivy-twined¬†tree that I pass almost daily as I make my way through a little alleyway en route to the village. Its size makes the walkway shady and its leaves make a mess on the path when they fall and become hazardously slippery when…

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On My Own

Solitude and an empty road…. aaaaahhhhhhh.

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Wind from the North

It is, in a word, cold. Lots of sleet today. We drove down to the seafront on our way home from somewhere else this morning, but decided that watching the birds and tides from the relative comfort of the car was far more enticing than getting out and braving the wind. Our earlier walk along…

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Heart Sighting

I walked with new enthusiasm this afternoon; it really helps to have the proper kit! It’s very¬†cold outside but now that I have a full month of daily walks under my belt, I decided it’s high time to start outfitting myself properly. So thanks to an hour of shopping at our local outdoor store, I’ll…

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Winter on the River

I am a self-confessed Hermit who has to remind herself to say yes to people, adventure, and life. It snowed a little last night (for the first time in 2 years), so it was especially tempting to stay curled up in front of the fire all day, well away from slushy roads and cold winds….

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Fit for a Queen

Every Queen needs a bit of castle time, and I’m no exception. We walked out to one of my happy spots, the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, to take advantage of this morning’s crisp, clear weather. Set on high ground overlooking the Thames Estuary, the ruins of the 13th century castle are beautifully maintained, and provide…

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