Monthly Archives: May 2015

Heard along the way

No pictures – that’s the point, I heard these but mostly didn’t see them. Birds – so many, everywhere, but the ones that really stand out were the cuckoos, on two days; and the chiff chaffs – I had no … Continue reading

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Seen (scene) along the way: Kennet and Avon Canal

Few words, mainly images from the towpath   Lists below are just the ones I saw and recognised – there were others I couldn’t name or didn’t remember Birds seen: ducks and ducklings (mallards, pochard?); geese and goslings; kingfishers; herons; … Continue reading

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Changing plans

If I’ve learnt nothing else in life, it’s that all plans are only provisional.  Life has a habit of getting in the way.  Or sometimes (a much nicer option, this) presenting a different and altogether better opportunity. So it has … Continue reading

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Kitchen improvisation

“Agh!  It’s a disaster!!” This was how mum used to introduce most of her baking as she brought the finished article to the table.  At the same time as producing a gorgeous, perfect, French-style lemon tart, or an apricot tart, or … Continue reading

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Day 5: Aldermaston Wharf to Reading (and the Thames)

You know when you do something that you know you have to do but you don’t think it’s going to be all that great, and it turns out to be unexpectedly wonderful?  well that was what this last section of … Continue reading

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Allotment update: May

Oh my goodness, how does it happen that one moment you think you’re all up together with the allotment, and the next you’re way, way behind?  somehow it takes me by surprise every year – that sudden surge of growth … Continue reading

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Day 4: Kintbury to Aldermaston Wharf

My reliance on public transport collapsed today.  It proved impossible to arrive in Kintbury early enough to do the planned section of walk and catch a train home (at least, without paying an arm and a leg to travel early enough to … Continue reading

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