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…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: St Albans to Markyate

FRIENDSHIPS AND MEMORIES       And so it began (with coffee!) Quite aptly the first leg of our journey along the 170 mile Hertfordshire Way began on a day in early Spring.  The eleven mile walk from St Albans to Markyate was a time to renew old friendships, reminisce on times past and create…

INDEX OF WALKS IN DORSET

      It is no secret that my favourite place for walking is Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and here is an Index of just a few of the walks I have done.  I hope to add many more to it! 1  Golden Cap – A Boxing Day Circular Walk up Golden Cap near Bridport. 2  Pilsdon Pen…

There’s Something about Eype!

    It is no secret that I regard Dorset (or perhaps more particularly Wessex) as my spiritual home.  The call is constant.  I have my special places here where I feel particularly connected to something much more powerful than myself:  Ringstead Bay,  St Gabriel’s on the way up Golden Cap, Colmer’s Hill, the particular…

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…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: The Next Step

    So I returned home to my Harlington home after walking the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury.  I promised to post a few thoughts about how I felt returning and adjusting back to “normal” life and these few words are a short and temporary effort at doing that. It is difficult to write…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 13 – Lenham to Wye

  Day 13 of Walking the Pilgrims’ Way – how very strange.  How blessed to have made it this far.  All those months of preparation, training, looking at the maps, walks with friends, booking the package and each day of nearly the last two weeks looking at the map of the day ahead and then…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 12 – Thurnham to Lenham

  Today I continued walking and met a friend (or two) – thank you Gary and Daniel, cyclists from Rainham (?), for taking the photo.  I journeyed from Thurnham to Lenham.  The way took me along the usual footpaths, holloways and trackways.  Initially I climbed up to the ruins of the twelfth century Thurnham Castle. This scenery, terrain and the…