In the time of the skylark

Tuesday 24 March 2020 My Dearest Boy, I walked early this morning, purposely over the fields – muddy but still firm with frost, towards the railway line.  I would have taken you on this path today.  I passed no-one.  It’s so quiet.  There are few planes in the sky. As the air warmed the yellowhammers…

THE TINKER’S TRAIL – HARLINGTON WALKS

Where to walk near Harlington on this cold and wet morning?  Ah, February, a time of hunkering down, sheltering from the rain but yet, hope.  Always hope that Spring will soon be here.  I was so grateful that I roused myself from the couch on a damp and dismal day to take this four and…

AN AUTUMN WALK FROM HARLINGTON

As the early morning Autumn mist showed signs of clearing with the promise of a fresh clean day I set out from the Village Centre and soon found myself in the countryside.  The ground was steaming as the sun dried the dew and a red kite circled overhead. As with so many of my local…

WESTONING MEN’S BREAKFAST – PILGRIMS WAY TALK

It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at Westoning Men’s Breakfast Club last week on the subject of my pilgrimage along the Old Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral. Yummy breakfast provided by the Chequers Pub and great conversation.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Woman Who Walked Through Fear

Thank you so much to everyone who attended my book launch of “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear”.  Copies are available now on general release for £5 – please contact me for further details.  I am also available to local groups to give talks about my experience travelling along the Old Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester…

BOOK LAUNCH: THE WOMAN WHO WALKED THROUGH FEAR

WOW.  What an amazing evening last night at the launch of “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear”.  I felt truly blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support.  Much thanks to Flitwick Library for hosting the event. A full set of photos will follow on a further post. My books are now generally available for…

“GOODBYE BLUEBELL” – A Wander around Landpark Wood

  Frequently my mind needs a disciplined trudge along centuries-old byways, with a feeling of connection to those who have trodden the path before me and a satisfaction at ticking off the miles.  Oftentimes, however, my soul needs a wander. I usually visit the bluebell woods at Flitwick each Spring.  This year I took a short drive out…

And this is why it is called “Talbothays”

  From the age of 19 when I first married and left home I have moved house many times and never really settled.  I always said that when I found somewhere I felt content I would name my house “Talbothays”.  The name was chosen from one of my favourite Hardy novels, “Tess of the D’Urbevilles”. …

KINGS WOOD, “THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL” (and a few little fairy folk)

  Houghton House – A Walk from Houghton Conquest, near Ampthill, Beds. Maybe it is just because I have recently become a Nana but during this walk through Kings Wood and up to Houghton House just outside of Ampthill my mind was filled with old stories and memories that I must pass on in time to the…