New adventures (part 2 – mushrooms)

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This year has been a bumper year for mushrooms – I have never seen so many in the wood, and my inlaws have been busy picking and preparing enough cep to keep them throughout the whole of the next year! They came to have a walk through the wood and do some mushroom identification and also to see how well… Read more »

Unplanned watery adventures

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I’m really enjoying taking Myr to new places and she’s doing brilliantly.  The one thing she hasn’t wanted to do is swim even though she’s very happy splashing about in water and running in the mud. Given that the water is soon going to start getting colder, I’ve wanted to encourage her into it soon so that she’s had at… Read more »

Mud

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I’ve struggled a bit with a theme for last weekend, and I think the main one is mud. The weekend started Friday night with Myr’s first proper off-lead walk, and her introduction to her marsh life. In summary, she loved it! We’ve found a nice stretch of marsh alongside a rarely used public footpath and it’s going to be an… Read more »

Apples

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I started writing this post back in June, but it is finally the right time to finish it. We have a little orchard at the wood, and a few years ago I realised that the trees weren’t having the attention they needed and a couple were looking pretty forlorn. Coming from no experience or knowledge of looking after apple trees,… Read more »

Autumn is here

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This weekend my body was telling me it’s definitely autumn and more wintry food was required. Because of that, and having a weekend with no plans, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making comfort food. A gorgeous lemon drizzle cake (Mary Berry’s recipe) was made on Saturday, and the first roast dinner in our new house. Sunday… Read more »

1st September 2019

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And with that we reach 1st September and autumn is here. Time for cooler weather and earlier starts; well the early starts at least! While in many parts of the country, 1st September falling on a Sunday means another work week until the early starts, in Essex there isn’t such a rule. With that, J and I met up with… Read more »

Sunrise at St Peter’s Chapel

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Growing up I spent most weekends sailing on the River Blackwater, and something that was always pointed out to me was St Peter’s chapel. From a distance it is a squarish building right on the end of the Dengie peninsula, and I was always told it was the oldest Christian chapel in the UK. It’s remoteness made it somewhere I… Read more »

Summertime

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And like that, the summer is nearly over. In many ways, I don’t mind. I don’t enjoy the extreme heat (above 28⁰ is extreme for me!), and so much that I enjoy doing just isn’t as much fun. Especially the bugs in the wood. I really don’t like those. However I absolutely love the wilder weather we get after the… Read more »