Ancient Holy Ground

The wind was bitter this afternoon, but it served to chase the rain away, and the beauty of the remaining clouds racing across the sky more than made up for the shivering. St. Peter’s Church stands on ancient holy ground just on the other side of Coombe Wood, so is only a short walk from…

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Winter Berry Spotting

Tuesday. The busiest day of my week, every week. A short walk through the neigbourhood was all I could manage, just long enough to breathe a bit of fresh air and do a bit of berry-spotting.

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Winter Brighteners

Once again, our village tea shop offered the perfect destination for a chilly afternoon walk. What can be nicer than a warm drink and a chat with a good friend to kick off the new week? Hurrying home afterwards, I was stopped in my tracks by these trembling glimmers of hope just beginning to bloom in…

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Tick-the-box Walking

I’m feeling swamped here at my desk today, and really had to force myself into shoes and out the door for what I was calling a tick-the-box walk. I told myself I’d just take a quick swing around the (long) block, then come home and get back to work. But it didn’t work like that,…

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Winter Woodland

I wanted a gentle stroll through the woods not a scramble through the underbrush, but the day was so beautiful that I let myself be talked into walking down into Thundersley Glen. Looks are deceiving, however, so Jeff was quickly pressed into carving sticks to help keep us upright as we scrambled along the (grossly) muddy…

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Magic Happens

I wrote a silly little post about going walking in glorious sunshine this morning and seeing a ridiculously big and sunny bus parked on a very small road, but I didn’t feel quite right about hitting that no-going-back publish button. I then worked on Desk Stuff all afternoon (including a few tweaks and a Twitter…

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The Rosy Glow of Casual Conversation

Our drab weather continues, though it isn’t quite as bitter outside today. Every dog walker in town seemed to be out, and everyone seemed chatty, which was nice. I love the quirkiness of conversations with casual strangers, people you don’t know, whom you may or may not never see again, but who brush up against…

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Pennies from Heaven

Find a penny, pick it up, All day long you’ll have good luck I can never resist, and it always makes me happy… My husband picks up coins, too… but some of his finds are way more interesting than mine. He found this one out on the banks of the River Blackwater last Sunday. Minted circa…

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Shades of Ordinary

Even in the bleak mid-winter, when dusk comes way too early, England does good skies. I will walk to work and back in the dark this evening, but knowing that my chances of finding a photo en route are slim to none, I made a quick dash around the block before heading to the kitchen to make…

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Gladness!

My first crocus of 2015! One of the first flowers to come up each year, the crocus is said to be a powerful symbol of gladness as it opens to the sun, and to the goodness that is around us. Their sunny centers certainly speak to my heart as they carry the first promise of spring. I…

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