The fairies of Archery Woods

20 September 2017

We left the sea and the tall flats behind and cut through the buildings to Archery Road. At this stage my plans were vague. Maybe we’d walk back towards Woolston and wind our way through the streets there. Maybe we’d head along Swift Road or Weston Lane towards Sholing and Millers Pond. Then again, we could walk through the woods, if they weren’t too muddy.  Continue reading The fairies of Archery Woods

Windmills on my mind

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2 June 2916

Last night I had a dream about a windmill. The memory of it was hazy when I woke but I couldn’t get the thought of it out of my head, white sails against deep blue sky. It felt as if something was telling me to walk to the windmill at Bursledon, although I had no idea why. It seemed wise to listen to my dream though and, when I said where I was going, CJ said he’d come along. He even offered to buy me a coffee! Once I’d picked myself off the floor we set off. Continue reading Windmills on my mind

A pond walk and a demonstration of Murphy’s Law – First published 1 June 2013

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June 2013 and two day weekends were revealing themselves to be problematic. In fact there were things I hadn’t even thought of, turning up to give me problems. Cooking and shopping ate into walking time and it all felt very frustrating. In the end, there was only one thing for it forget all the things I was supposed to be doing and go for a walk. Millers Pond seemed like a good plan and it turned out to hold some wonderful surprises. Continue reading A pond walk and a demonstration of Murphy’s Law – First published 1 June 2013

meandering and exploring – first published 4 February 2013

Millers Pond
Millers Pond

In early February 2013 I took some time off my Moonwalk training and went exploring one of the trails I’d passed on my travels, just to see where it led. It turned out to be quite a find leading me along a little stream through a ribbon of woodland right in the centre of the suburbs. It would become one of my favourite walks in the months and years to come. This was the first time I walked it. Continue reading meandering and exploring – first published 4 February 2013

Shoreburs Greenway, a ribbon of green in the heart of the city

A heron on Millers Pond
A heron on Millers Pond

17 May 2015

Looking at the weather forecast and my diary, it was pretty certain Sunday was going to be the only day I’d have a chance to get out on a walk this weekend. Not good news for my May mileage but those are the breaks, I guess. The usual looking at maps followed and I thought I’d come up with a plan of sorts. For once it was one that hardly involved rivers of any kind.

Continue reading Shoreburs Greenway, a ribbon of green in the heart of the city