Tag Archives: nature

Back On The Slow Track

Keeping safe, keeping strong,  basking in the warmth and light of a new spring morning ~ Finding sanctuary; breathing once more in the calm. Renewal of joy, a message of peace found in the beauty of nature’s gifts to us, … Continue reading

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WPC: Inside My Hope-Filled English Garden

This week’s  Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘Inside’.  This is my interpretation.  Here’s hoping. Walking around my garden today, I can’t help thinking how different things are compared to last year when we were in the grip of a long, … Continue reading

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A Storm, Stourhead and a Faraday Cage

“Let’s escape!” I said to Hubby on Sunday afternoon.  “I’ve got to get out of the house and breathe in some release from this October air.” “I know just the place!” he replied and off we went. One hour later, … Continue reading

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Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home…

Well, it had to come to an end sometime. After more than two weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and soaring temperatures here in the UK, with yesterday being the hottest, and stickiest day yet, the heat wave has broken.  We are … Continue reading

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This Green & Pleasant Land

So then, a reprieve.  A walk in this beautiful country of mine, this land of soft, spring rain and green, patchwork fields.  I take a deep breath and I walk on… And did those feet in ancient time. Walk upon … Continue reading

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My Alcoholic Dad Gave Me Something

As a young girl I loved going for walks in the woods with my dad and my younger brother.  It was ritual which started like this: On Saturday mornings, my dad would make a ‘fry up’ which consisted of everything … Continue reading

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What Has Your Blog Done For You?

Four months have gone by since I started this blog  and after some (healthy, I hope!) introspection,  I find that I am asking myself one question: “Why did I start this blog in the first place?”. Why indeed? Back in … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace – Not Just Any Robin

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  How beautiful and powerful those words ring out, you’ve got to love that old-time religion.  Back in … Continue reading

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Sweet Robin in the Snow

It’s a good job that I got back from London when I did as the next day it snowed, and heavily. Snow can be so disruptive, and the left-behind ice on the pavements so difficult, not to mention dangerous, to … Continue reading

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