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…

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…

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”. …

YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME – Circular Walk from Toddington

  Last December “The Times” featured “A Good Walk – Eversholt and Toddington Park, Beds”.  Using Christopher Somerville’s route as a starting point for this local walk and particularly to celebrate the birth of my grandson on Valentine’s Day just four days before I set out walking hopeful of some sunshine.  In his birth congratulations card I…

The End of Autumn – A Circular Walk from Ampthill (Part 2)

    We left Clophill by following part of the Greensand Ridge Walk and carefully crossed the A6 at Deadman Hill.      I must have been too young to have heard about the murder which took place just off the layby here in 1961, but I do remember as a child the story being mentioned on…

The End of Autumn -A circular walk from Ampthill (Part 1)

    Walking in the countryside around Ampthill, Maulden and Clophill today demonstrated, as I always find, that such a simple act has so many benefits. Following on from a family funeral the day before and the onset of a headcold, probably bought on by emotion as much as sitting still in stuffy hot rooms…

Wood End Trail, Harlington, Beds.

  I find it difficult to believe I have lived in Harlington eight years and never walked the Wood End Trail.  The excellent P3 leaflet had been sitting in the study for a while and prompted by a couple of conversations with villagers and also having sight of some of the old maps of the…