Tag Archives: Solitude

The allotment: August and September

This summer was different from previous years.  We were away such a lot, and despite no longer working, somehow I seemed to have far less time than usual to spend on the allotment. But it was a good way to … Continue reading

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River Thames walk: Day 4 – Datchet to Hampton Court

I really really wanted to finish the walk before we go away on holiday later this month, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to find enough days until November, by which time the days will be short and the weather … Continue reading

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River Thames walk: Day 3 – Kingston to Putney

The good thing about setting your own challenge is that you get to make up your own rules. On day 3 of this part of the walk I wanted to walk with a good friend.  I had stayed with her … Continue reading

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Milestones

Two major milestones in our lives (already) this month. First of all, we completed the sale of my mother-in-law’s flat, which was the last piece of the admin and paperwork following her death. As a result both sons and their … Continue reading

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Picking up where I left off – the walk: River Thames walk Day 1

It’s a while since I arrived in Reading at the end of the first half of my walk from Bath to Greenwich.  Life has been busy, so it’s been hard to find a clear day for walking.  But last week … Continue reading

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A Room of One’s Own (or A Room With a View?)

It really is time for me to come clean.  It’s 10 years since oldest son left school; almost 9 years since he left home for university. A couple of years later, when it was clear he wasn’t intending to move back … Continue reading

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The cherry orchard

No, not the famous one in the play.  The one I was sitting in one morning in the Black Forest. Yes, the Black Forest really does have cherries, lots and lots and lots of them.  Not actually in the forest … Continue reading

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