Last days of summer – first published 3 September 2014

The first Sunday afternoon in September 2014 was spent in the garden making the most of some unexpected sun after days of rain. Before I settled on the lounger I’d been up to the village to get milk and fresh vegetables for dinner and noticed the last of the roses on the Big Hill were fading. There had also been an unexpected and fortuitous encounter with a small blue butterfly who didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken. It’s unusual to see one so late in the year so maybe he was tired after a long summer sipping nectar. Summer was certainly coming to an end. Continue reading Last days of summer – first published 3 September 2014

Power cut – first published 1 September 2014

Electricity is something we all take for granted. In fact we barely think about it as we go about our day to day lives. You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone though, as we found out on 1 September 2014.  Continue reading Power cut – first published 1 September 2014

The new shed is well and truly tested – first published 28 August 2014

One of the reasons I wanted to get home quick smart after my Little adventure at the Eling Tide Mill and the Test Way and boardwalk nack in August 2014 was the shed. There was a lot of work to be done on it and some of that work fell to me. Obviously all the technical building stuff was down to the very clever Commando but, before we could put things in it, there was painting to be done and I thought Commando might have needed a hand getting the roof on. As Heavy rain was forecast all day Monday and a blue tarpaulin roof might not be man enough this seemed like a rather important job. Continue reading The new shed is well and truly tested – first published 28 August 2014

Testing the Test Boardwalk – first published 24 August 2014

After my 2014 visit to Eling Tide Mill I headed for the Boardwalk across the River Test. In truth I didn’t really know where I was going. When I saw the sign for the long distance Test Way walk I double checked on WalkJogRun just be be really sure I went the right way. Much as I’d like to try the forty four mile walk one day when I have time on my hands and I’m feeling strong it wasn’t something I wanted to tackle on a Sunday afternoon when I had loads to do at home. Once I left the sign, the bridge and the River Test behind me it wasn’t long before I came to the Test Boardwalk. Continue reading Testing the Test Boardwalk – first published 24 August 2014

Show me the way to go home – first published 24 august 2014

Finally my 2014 ambition to visit Eling Tide Mill had been fulfilled. With one last look back along the causeway at the little boats in the marina I left the mill behind and made for the road. There were some interesting looking apartments overlooking the small harbour and I have to admit to a pang of envy. Imagine looking out of your window at the old mill and the ever changing view as boats come and go. Continue reading Show me the way to go home – first published 24 august 2014

Eling Tide Mill – first published 24 August 2014

At the end of August 2014, I finally got round to the Eling Tide Mill walk. Even so, the walk started off in a grump. I’d intended to have a shortish walk, maybe five miles or so, and attempt the Eling Tide Mill on Tuesday. When I looked at the weather forecast it seemed Tuesday was going to be torrential downpours though. This rather put the cat among the pigeons. Then I realised I’d forgotten to charge my phone so I had to hang around drinking coffee while it charged. Not a happy bunny. Continue reading Eling Tide Mill – first published 24 August 2014

One of those weeks but some shed progress – first published 23 August 2014

Sometimes you just have one of those weeks and the penultimate week of August 2014 was certainly one for me. It seemed to be a week of forgetting things, missing out on walks, weird questions and unreasonable, shouty people on the phone. Through it all the beauty of the walks I took get kept me going, along with some progress on my blue shed.
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The good the bad and the shed – first published 19 August 2014

Things don’t always go to plan. At least not in my world. No matter how much I tell myself I will do better next time or how many hours I spend plotting things out, there is always something to throw a spanner in the works. August 2014 was a lesson in going with the flow and working round problems.  Continue reading The good the bad and the shed – first published 19 August 2014

Sunday strolling Southampton streets – first published 17 August 2014

It was a normal Sunday morning in mid August 2014. Commando was out for a training run of seven and a half miles and I decided to go for a walk. The only plan was to visit the big new Sainsbury’s for a few things they don’t stock in the one in the village. Other than that I thought I’d just have a wander and see where I ended up. Yes, I know I’m always banging on about planning walks, blah, blah, blah and I very rarely actually do it but sometimes just wandering aimlessly is actually fun. Continue reading Sunday strolling Southampton streets – first published 17 August 2014

Bread for the cygnets – first published 12 August 2013

After I’d left Panda at The Triangle there was a temptation to go straight home again because the weather looked decidedly changeable. It seemed a shame to waste the nice granary bread in my bag though, especially as this was the first time I’d ever remembered to bring it, so I set off towards Riverside Park. As I walked down the slope to the park I could see I was in for a windy walk, the trees were all leaning away from the water and dark clouds were gathering. Continue reading Bread for the cygnets – first published 12 August 2013