Walking together, sort of…

Thundersley was sunny, glorious and cold* this morning. I had picked up some fresh lemon grass and curry powder from Foods of Asia for a friend, so I walked through the village to drop them off just before lunch, giving me a chance to get some fresh air and mingle a bit en route. Sometimes, too, it is just nice…

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Walking to the Pretty Things

I’m lucky. I live in village that has its own wool shop (aka haberdashery), and the shop has been a big part of my life for all the years that I’ve lived here. On Tuesdays nights we bead at Bodkins, and on Wednesday evenings we knit (other classes happen at other times, but these are the…

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Wandering into Antiquity

We live on the very edge of old woodlands. Very old woodlands, in fact, once attached to a royal manor belonging to King John. The lodge is long gone, but the coppice woodland is an established and much loved part of local life. Inspired by my weekend of working with the map shown above (and…

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An Unexpected Read

I didn’t want to go for a walk today. Seriously. I’m busy here at home, and it is warmer inside than out, so I really didn’t want to go out. But a promise is a promise, so I donned hat and coat and gloves and headed off for a quick dash around the block, reasoning that…

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Red Icons

Red pillar boxes, red buses, red phone boxes… are they red so they show up on dark days? Through fog and mist? I don’t know. But whatever the reason for the colour, spotting the bright iconic boxes and buses, no matter the weather, always makes my heart smile with recognition and romance, reminding me that…

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Twilight

It was already getting dark by 4:30 this afternoon when I was walking home from the village. There is something timeless about being out just as day gives way to night, and lights come on one by one.

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Shadow Play

The slant of the winter sun creates trees out of light, air, and brick… magic!

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A Rose in Winter

Although the days are short and the weather bleak, our winter has been fairly gentle thus far, as evidenced by this small brave rose, a touch of colour and hope amongst the dead leaves. Tradition has it that a rose in winter is a sign of the presence of divinity, and symbolizes finding a right way….

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Tea Shop Rendezvous

My walk into the village this morning took me directly to Pinaglis Tea Room, where I am always made to feel welcome with wonderful coffee and gluten-free goodies! (Fair disclaimer: I didn’t actually indulge in the goodies today, but I was certainly welcomed and I enjoyed knowing they were there for me to feast my eyes upon!)

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Seasonal Wildlife

Not all the seasonal decorations are gone yet; these deer are still bringing a bit of cheer to the bleakness of January as they graze in the neighbourhood.

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