Category Archives: England

A Host of Golden Daffodils

Manila is the natural habitat of the small dog, given the proliferation of high rise apartments and limited green space. In our own area of Manila, I often pass herds of tiny dogs, sometimes dressed in slippers and jackets, occasionally … Continue reading

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A Gastronomic Road Trip

“If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I’m going to get there. I’ve begun to think we sit far more than we’re supposed to.” He smiled. “Why else would we … Continue reading

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Down the Dart: from Dartmoor to Dartmouth via a vineyard

The Dart. A picturesque and tidal river that rises on Dartmoor and meanders down through voluptuous hills and green leafy valleys to Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. Here the estuary is guarded by a pair of stone forts, somewhat … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with Nature

The best thing I have discovered this week about the people of Devonshire is their huge pride in their beautiful, largely rural county. It has been a week of delightful discoveries. At the risk of sounding like a tourist brochure, it … Continue reading

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Just My Cup of Tea

London isn’t everybody’s cup of tea Often you hear visitors complain Noisy, smoky city but it seems to me There’s a magic in the fog and rain Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner That I love London so Maybe it’s … Continue reading

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A Birthday Surprise

An unexpected shake-up of carefully choreographed plans found me spending my birthday, not in the south of France with a good friend, but in the country lanes of Hampshire with our older son, on the rim of the South Downs … Continue reading

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Recapturing the Ballet

Ballet classes began when I was seven years old. I loved them.  The teacher placed me in the back row where my lack of co-ordination and heaviness of foot wouldn’t distract the star pupils at the front. I was completely … Continue reading

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An Inn of Distinction

The Victoria is a glorious little boutique hotel tucked away down the narrow suburban streets of West Temple Sheen, just the other side of Richmond Park in London. Obediently, we followed our GPS off the motorway and onto the not-so-beaten-track. … Continue reading

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Ducks are A-Dabbling III

A Thames Valley Journal: Part 3 “In it’s unbroken loveliness this is, perhaps, the sweetest stretch of all the river…” ~ Jerome K. Jerome Day 6: Marlow to Maidenhead Before we left the Vicarage, we popped into the Church-next-door, All Saints … Continue reading

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Ducks are A-Dabbling II

A Thames Valley Journal: Part 2 “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow…”  ~ Kenneth Graham Day 4: Pangbourne via Bus and Sonning to Shiplake Day four of our walking adventure found us wandering through peaceful water meadows, talking … Continue reading

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