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Songs from the wood and scaredy cat soup

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Well, no point in slacking is there? I may not be on the Cote d'azur any more but there's no excuse for not going for long walks. Less in fact: the weather's cooler here (and how!). So I set off this afternoon with a flask of fruit tea and Bach and Jethro Tull on iPod (I listened to all my favourite songs for a whole week in France, over and over again and now I can't stand any of them) and a plan to walk along the Thames from Ham to Kingston, maybe even as far as Hampton Court if my feet hold out.

Get temporarily mislaid at Ham but have the chance to look at the pond




and the back of Ham House, a beautiful Jacobean place.



Autumn has got its teeth into the landscape already and the trees are turning.



Wander along taking pix.



Find the river, and turn left along it. I've never walked this bit of the path before and it's interesting that it is less kempt than the other bits I've done. I prefer it to be honest. Pass Eel Pie Island, the only inhabited island in the Thames.



Trevor Bayliss, a thoroughly admirable man who invented the Freeplay Radio used to live there, dunno if he still does.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr
evor_Baylis


Keep going. The weather is looking iffy. However I am enjoying myself, deviate from the path slightly and find I'm in a strip of woodland, listening to 'Songs from the Wood' by Jethro Tull.



Along here is a lot of prime real estate so mostly it's built up, so this nice bit of common land is very pleasant. Reach a road and turn right to find the riverside path again.

Get to Teddington Lock and see a signpost that says Hampton Court is 5 miles away.



Ah. Oh well, you never know. I feel ok at present, feet bearing up. Eat a thoughtful banana and drink a cup of rather nasty fruit tea (didn't leave the teabag in for long enough, that's why). Keep going. After half an hour, at Kingston, see another signpost that says Hampton Court 2.5 miles, so one of the signposts is telling porkies. However by now it's raining. Not drizzle, but solid drenching rain.



Walk along right at the water's edge for half a mile or so looking at the boat clubs, sailing clubs, canoeing clubs, club clubs etc. Reach end of path and find am on main road. It's pouring with rain too. Decide reluctantly to save Hampton Court for another day. I think you need to cross the river at Kingston and walk on the other side. Good thing I didn't, that's where Bushy Park is

www.guardian.co.uk/world
/video/2012/oct/05/stag-ch
ases-man-tree-london-park-video


So I may have had a close shave. Didn't know it was Bushy Park till just now!

It takes me forever to get home, by which time I'm freezing cold, wet and exhausted. Decide to make Scaredycat Soup:

Ingredients

100g red lentils
200g onions
1 litre water
200g carrots
1 rasher smoked bacon
Method
Trim fat from bacon. Put everthing in a pan. Boil until the lentils and veg are soft. Puree using hand blender. Season.

Eat a quarter of it, save the rest for tomorrow.

The scaredycat bit comes an hour or so later once the lentils do their stuff.

Cats do not like sudden loud noises.
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SUPERSYLPH 12/30/2012 11:42AM

    How beautiful! And thanks for the soup recipe!

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FRABBIT 12/16/2012 11:00AM

  Great photos!

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JODY-S. 11/29/2012 1:43AM

    Loved your blog! Very witty! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/16/2012 6:27PM

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SHAMPA2 10/16/2012 8:29AM

    loved your journey,walking by the river has always been a dream for me! I have some beautiful moments by the Thames too! emoticon

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HYATTI1 10/12/2012 3:10AM

    Love the photos

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YULLABELLE 10/10/2012 9:16AM

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DESERTJULZ 10/10/2012 12:05AM

    Wow, beautiful walk photos! Songs From The Wood is certainly the perfect accompaniment for such a lovely walk. (I never get tired of that JT album!)

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ANGRITTER 10/9/2012 11:06AM

    My hounds are often scared to death when I trumpet myself to sleep! I always sit up laughing as they are barking and looking around. My evening snack is always the same - it takes about 4 hours to eat it all, and sometimes longer: grapefruit, orange, tangelo, yogurt and cantaloupe.

Mostly fruit and then the active bacteria in the yogurt - what a noise you can make!! I never knew eating healthy would give me the worst gas I have ever had in my life. But I have decided I enjoy the occasional poot, especially if the dogs get all uptight about it.

Beautiful photos and a wonderful walk you had! Please tell me you at least had an umbrella?

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MOMOSG 10/9/2012 10:00AM

    I enjoyed the photos and the soup sounds wonderful to me!

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ESHERRILL3 10/9/2012 8:00AM

    Great pictures....I can almost smell the rain. Your soup does sound tasty but if I trimmed the fat off of the bacon here in the US there wouldn't be anything left. LOL!

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KHALIA2 10/8/2012 8:18PM

  I enjoyed the journey via pictures.

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LTURSS 10/8/2012 4:16PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Beautiful pictures. Probably best you didn't go into that park...that stag didn't look too friendly, the poor guy!

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AMARILYNH 10/8/2012 12:24PM

    What a lovely blog!! And thanks for the recipe for Scaredycat Soup (and the explanation that came with it LOL) - it sounds lovely too!

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AMANDEES76 10/8/2012 11:48AM

    Beautiful place to take a walk!!! The rain comes and goes a lot there I bet.

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BUSMOM27 10/8/2012 10:23AM

    great pictures

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SWANMAMA89 10/8/2012 9:17AM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your journey with everyone!

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WINE4GIRL 10/8/2012 8:32AM

    I'm mentally walking along with you, enjoying the sights and your commentary, thought "how lovely" at the mention of soup. You are tooooo funny! I do love lentils!
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DMEYER4 10/8/2012 6:40AM

  emoticon pictures and great blog. emoticon

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ADOUGLASMHOR 10/8/2012 5:45AM

    OI - Canvey, Sheppey, Thames Ditton and Boyle's farm all have inhabitants and are on the Thames.

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EZRIN101 10/8/2012 12:11AM

    That soup sounds yummy! must try!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/7/2012 11:35PM

    Nice photojourney! And now I'm craving lentil soup!

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EXSSGIRL 10/7/2012 11:33PM

  Love the pictures! I would love to visit those places, so thanks for the pics b/c I can imagine being there. Your last lines about the soup was priceless! Great post as always!

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TUDI4480 10/7/2012 10:46PM

    Whoops! Sorry for the double post. Have a great Sunday and upcoming week.

Great walk. Great pictures. Great laugh about the Scaredy Cat Soup!

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TUDI4480 10/7/2012 10:46PM

    Great walk. Great pictures. Great laugh about the Scaredy Cat Soup!

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KARENLEIGH32 10/7/2012 9:56PM

    This was the best blog, the pictures were great. The name for the soup was great also! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 10/7/2012 7:45PM

    I like the scaredy cat soup and the pictures are beautiful. Sounds like you had a nice time even in the cold rain. Have a great week and thanks for sharing!




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BRASKIN 10/7/2012 5:27PM

  lovely pictures!

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TIMDEB 10/7/2012 3:15PM

  You're blessed to have such a beautiful environment

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HLOCHRIDGE 10/7/2012 3:14PM

    Great pix!

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IFEOMA4 10/7/2012 2:14PM

  Nice scenery. Will surely make taking walks tempting emoticon

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1MOLLY5 10/7/2012 10:55AM

  I enjoyed your blog so much.

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CARIOLA 10/7/2012 10:25AM

    Having read this blog and your next one, I thought I'd share that I once got lost trying to get back to the bus stop from Ham House. (I'm an American unfamiliar with the territory.) Wonderful blogs! Wish I was there to walk with you.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/7/2012 9:39AM

    I'd love to amble along with you on such a lovely stroll as you pictured...

And scairdycat soup sounds hilariously delicious!! I hadn't thought about our car not liking sudden noises... I tend to think of soups like this as "Rotor Rooter"... But I don't know if that plays out the same in the UK, as some brand names are more national and not international so much!

Congrats on the popular blog award!!

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JANEMARIE77 10/7/2012 9:26AM

    as always thank you

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ANNSKA 10/7/2012 8:30AM

    great pics I too like walking along the river only slightly down stream near Hammersmith. I'll try your soup fortunately I have no cats to scare!

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SKMINNY 10/7/2012 7:44AM

    Thats a great place to walk, so much to see and do along the way! thanks for sharing the soup and fun!

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REBOFKELDON 10/7/2012 7:10AM

  Great pics. I make a simular soup. Love the soup name reasoning!

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 10/7/2012 7:06AM

    LOL! Thanks for the guided tour, the recipe & the fantastic last line. (What do you you use for seasoning?)

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NANA2ANGELS 10/7/2012 6:50AM

    Love, love, love the pictures

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ROCKYCPA 10/6/2012 11:44PM

    Your pics are always so good! The soup sounds delicious!

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PENOWOK 10/6/2012 11:38PM

    Soup sounds yummy! Thanks for the delightful photos!

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JADOREMOI 10/6/2012 10:52PM

    Just thought you should know that Jethro Tull linked to your blog on their Facebook page! Wow! Way to go! :)

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/6/2012 10:42PM

    Thanks I enjoyed the walk and the scenery.. The soup sound delicious.

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MJ7DM33 10/6/2012 10:27PM

  Beautiful pics! Thanks for taking us on your walk!

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PCASEY7 10/6/2012 10:18PM

    Love the pictures!

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CHERYLSBUTT 10/6/2012 9:38PM

    Hysterical soup!

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