Magic from My Happy Place

I’m taking a perverse pride in the fact that I have burned out the motor on my old food processor. I’ve hated the thing from Day One, but it was too durable to die quickly, even under my the duress of my punishing projects (particularly my raw nut butters). In the end, I trounced it…

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New Steps

I’m back! In all senses of the word. I’m back from my travels, back to walking, back to writing. And starting to climb back from the dark hole into which I was plunged when Britain voted in favour of Brexit last week. Coming back from somewhere almost always means change, and I’ve certainly been changing…

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A Quandary

I was so excited to return to Walking in the World. My winter hibernation was winding down and I was looking forward to blogging my way through some interesting destinations this spring – but then a bit of reality began to seep in through the cracks between my plans and intentions. Thundersley has been experiencing…

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Carters Steam Fair

I haven’t been to a carnival in years, but when we saw that Carters Steam Fair was back in Chalkwell Park this week, we took advantage of the mild weather and headed to Southend to check out the vintage travelling funfair. The Galloper is similar to and American carousel, but differs in several significant ways….

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Happy Easter Monday

   The crochet crew at Bodkins treated our village to a bit of woolly whimsy and colour this weekend.  I  am learning to appreciate the very long weekend that is the British Easter holiday. It starts on Friday (aka Good Friday) and continues through Easter Monday, by which time I am feeling over-chocolated and despairing…

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Come, Spring

  We really needed the sunshiny beauty that was yesterday. I loved every minute of my walk through our neighbourhood. Spring was busting out, and all of nature seemed to be reaching for the heavens.

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Ancient House

I’ve lived in England for quite a while now, but I’m still not past the thrill of seeing something like this when I’m walking down the street. We visited Ipswich again last week, and en route to our favourite restaurant for lunch, we walked through town for a bit of shopping. Imagine my delight in…

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Leap!

February 29 Something significant hovers just ahead. Today the girl can ask the boy, the woman the man, with marriage the prize. I have no need to ask that question; I am partnered already and am beyond the age of looking. But, like the dewy eyed girl, I long to ask the questions not usually permitted….

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On the Town

Today wasn’t the brightest of days in old London Town, but the skyline never fails to delight. No matter how long I live in this green and pleasant land, I will never get past the thrill of getting off the train, turning the corner, and seeing the Tower of London up ahead. You know you’re in…

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Canterbury After Dark

Like most of us, I grew up associating Canterbury with pilgrims, and as my experience of pilgrimage expanded and deepened over the years, so did my appreciation for this wonderful old city with its magnificent cathedral. We didn’t go inside the cathedral this week, but after a lovely dinner down near the river on Monday…

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