Friday, 28 September 2018

Camberley

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Over the last week or so, it's been a bit windy, not too bad but enough to cause the trees to shower us with seeds.




Not having been to Camberley for a while,  I walked in to see if there was anything to see and to clock up another 17,000 steps.  Starting off with the Museum at the Council Offices, only to find it had moved to the shopping centre, I had to content myself with this sculpture by Ken Ford entitled Into Our First World, taken from T. S. Elliot's Burnt Norton, the first of his Four Quartets poem.  It reflects our relationship with the natural world and the way the past illuminates the present plus there's a connection to the nearby chestnut tree.


Nearby is the Surrey Heath Mosaic.


Was anything good happening in the Library?  There was a colourful mural.


Heading to the shopping centre, it was sad to see all the closed shops, from large ones like BHS and Laura Ashley to the smaller ones.  Even the House of Fraser, the last department store, is due to close soon. It didn't really look very exciting anywhere, all a bit tired, including the sale a assistants.


There were some pretty trees though.







Not much to show you there though.

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Local Walk

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What a lovely few days we've had down South whilst storms have sadly been causing mayhem around the world again. 

We're lucky round here to have a choice of forest or moor for our walks with many footpaths weaving their way around the area.  Let's head off down a leafy lane with the sun sparkling through the trees.




Crossing the meadow, we spot a new gate into a field.  I wonder what's going on here? Let's hope it's not more houses.


Across the road there's a gap in the fence - and apples on the fence.


How did they get there?  Is this the culprit, an apple tree with precision shot?  Unlikely! It's a beautiful shape, sitting there, providing bounty for those passing by.



Ideal for those with a fancy for an apple pie or even one with added blackberries.


Just a short walk but a joy nonetheless.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Three Potato

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The last bag of potatoes has been emptied producing 2.120 kg.  Not bad at all!  I did think we had four bags but I must have dreamt the fourth one!



 A few more comedy potatoes, what have we got this time.


A snail

A noddy hat

A fish

A unicorn

On Gardeners World, Monty Don was bemoaning the fact that he'd had a lot of letters about tomatoes complaining about blossom end rot, tomatoes not turning red and splitting.  I think we've been lucky as we haven't had any of these problems plus practically all have turned red which is quite unusual.  It must have been all that sunny weather.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

South Hill Park

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Nice to see you.

It's amazing what a couple of weeks can do, as down at the Park this week, there's a tinge of Autumn about the place.





Certainly the flowers are still blooming in all the right places.





Look at all these holly berries!  Goodness, we must be in for a rough winter!




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Monday, 24 September 2018

The Goldfinch

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I couldn't put The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt down.  I rattled through the 775ish pages wondering what would happen next as the main character Theo Decker finds himself in a variety of situations following the death of his mother in an explosion in an art gallery.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 - here's a link to their website so you see what they have to say about it.


The story, writing and the eponymous artwork by Fabritius has stayed with me well after I put the book down.


Apparently, a film of the book is due to be released Autumn 2019 in the US but will it be as good as the film in my head?

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Five

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Here's an eclectic mix for you!

1.  Time to celebrate becoming a grandparent!  So exciting, so proud, so wonderful.  Coincidentally the local garden centre sent us a voucher for a cream tea, how did they know!



2. Wokingham residents can now visit their shops without going round a maze of roadworks although there's still much to finish off.  The paving looks so light and extensive, as if it's been snowing!



3.  I've used my Knitting Swede Blue Faced Leicester wool to make a shawl. I used an easy pattern by Polly from Every Trick on the Hook called Mimic which uses moss stitch and v-stitch.  There was just about enough wool and I was pleased that the two different colour wools went so well together.






4. Isn't it amazing that Harry Potter has been around for 20 years.  I can very well remember buying the first book at a school book fair and we've never looked back.  I have gone on to enjoy J. K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novels and am looking forward to reading the new Cormoran Strike book -Lethal White - which should be out now.



5.  With just the two of us at home on a regular basis,  I've stopped using the dishwasher in favour of washing up when I'm listening to The Archers on the radio.  It soon gets done and the amount of water used is cut down considerably.  Even better Mr CK takes over at the weekends!



Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Giveaway Thanks

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It's a wonderful blogging world isn't!  People are so kind and thoughtful, always a cheery comment here, an interesting post full of adventure there.  What about Giveaways as well, amazing!

Quite out of the blue, I have won Jo's latest 8th Blog Anniversary Giveaway and I am thrilled to bits.




Can you believe it!  Look at all the lovely things inside!


We shall certainly enjoy all the drinks, biscuits and chocolate. Yum!  I'll soon be planting the tulips and look forward to seeing them next year.  Meanwhile, I'll be relaxing reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan which has such a pretty, colourful cover or crocheting with the Eiger Head over Heals yarn as the Winter Morning candle perfumes the air!

Jo's blog is called Through the Keyhole, here's a link so you can visit.  She has lots of cheery posts with wonderful photos of family life and her woolly adventures over the last eight years.  You'll love to see Archie, her dog, I'm sure.

Many thanks Jo, you are a Star!

Cheerio

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Newts/Sand Lizards

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Wandering round the moor is an interesting pastime, you never know what you will find.  It's so dependent on the weather, especially the boggy bits because in the scorching heat, there's no bog at all.  However, once the rains come, it's a totally different place.

Luckily we have a wooden boardwalk amidst the trees and heather to be able to walk there whatever the weather.

We weren't the only ones to use the boardwalk!  According to the other users of the footpath newts were as well.





Sadly, I'm not a newt expert although  I do know that the Great Crested Newt is a protected species.  Perhaps these are smooth newts though as I can't see any orange markings.  It is highly likely that these are aren't newts at all but sand lizards.  Just as exciting though!



A great place for a walk.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Reading West

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We're always going to Reading but today we're venturing out West for a bit of a change.

Reading West station isn't that far from the main station, just a bit further up the Oxford Road.


It's easy to forget how hilly Reading is away from the rivers.  Having to climb up the roads off to the left from the station brought to mind my driving lessons and all those hill starts!  The following few photos show me looking down from the top over to the pink stages of the previous week's infamous Reading Festival. The River Thames is right down there too.




Heading off to the right at the top of the hill, eventually you'll reach Reading's largest park - Prospect Park, which contains the original Mansion House on the very top of the hill, now a restaurant.



There is a local legend about the owner of the Mansion House,  Benjamin Child and his wife Frances née Kendrick, which turns out to have really happened.

Frances was a beautiful heiress, pursued by many young men keen to marry her but she turned them all down.  When Benjamin Child met and fell in love with her, this time she reciprocated his feelings however all the rivals got together to persuade him, she was just teasing him and  didn't love him at all.  He fled and left her distraught.  How could she let him know she cared?  She challenged him to a masked dual in the Park, of course!  He turned up but she gave him the option to fight or marry her.  They married in Wargrave in St Mary's Church.  Sadly, she died at 35  in 1722 and he ordered a coffin which followed the shape of her body and created a heart shaped pond in the Park.


If we hadn't got of the train at Reading West, we could have gone to Newbury Racecourse for a wool show!




No horses today!

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