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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.

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

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:


100g red lentils
200g onions
1 litre water
200g carrots
1 rasher smoked bacon
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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CLAYARTIST 10/6/2012 9:37PM

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LTMURPHY7 10/6/2012 9:36PM


Great pictures
Soup sounds good

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RONNIEHUEY 10/6/2012 9:12PM

    Love the pictures

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3G1RLS4ME 10/6/2012 8:53PM

    Definetly that soup tomorrow

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CYLIB1 10/6/2012 7:37PM

    Enjoyed the pictures. Fall has arrived to SW Michigan also but I haven't had a chance to get out and enjoy it much...yet!

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DANAPRIME 10/6/2012 7:29PM

    Another awesome blog!!! Thanks again for taking me along on your trip!!!! emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 10/6/2012 7:04PM

    Thank you for sharing! Love your photos too!

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Love your wicked sense of humor !

Your gorgeous pics and colorful (or should
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always the highlight of my Sparking !

Are you an author ? You certainly
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MAMAOWLS 10/6/2012 5:47PM

    Thanks for another lovely walk. I do so enjoy you allowing us to join you. You make us feel like we are right there with you. I would make your soup by my hubby already scares the cats all the time. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/6/2012 5:13PM

    Thanks for the recipe and love your photos..such a lovely place...

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ANNESYLVIA 10/6/2012 5:11PM

    As always lovely pictures.

I never heard of red lentils?! And may never try after the warning of "stuff" it does to earn such a title.

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NESARIAN 10/6/2012 4:58PM

    I enjoy your blogs so much. The pics, wit, adventure. Your recipe is hilarious! I have dogs now and no cats but am making the soup just to see how they respond!!!
You rock!

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JAMER123 10/6/2012 4:23PM

    interesting sounding soup!! Great walk and love the pictures!
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KATHIC2 10/6/2012 4:06PM

  Love the soup name and explanation!
I laughed out loud. Thoroughly enjoyed your walk. Thanks.

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MYAN1959 10/6/2012 3:58PM

    Been on the kit hen making spark recipe easy flat bread emoticon tripled the recipe love the fact you can freeze them. This time I put cheddar cheese, cilantro, parsley,bell peppers and onions. They turned out so good, going to try out your soup looks Awesome! And thank you so much for the walk beautiful I needed a break.
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Have a Fabulous rest of the weekend. emoticon

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GOODBYE-FRIENDS 10/6/2012 3:51PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I laughed so hard at the naming of your soup!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/6/2012 3:41PM

  You are as close as I will probably ever get to England and I emoticon for your wonderful tours. You make them fun as well as interesting.
I love lentils, so will also try your soup. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 10/6/2012 2:52PM

    Lovely walk! I wish I could come walk with you...

And the lentil soup sounds good. I always want to eat lentils but need to find a decent recipe for them.

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SIMOFDIM 10/6/2012 2:49PM

    Nice walk! Thanks for the pics!

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JOANNHUNT 10/6/2012 2:45PM

    Thank you for the lovely walk. I felt like I was walking with you. I use to walk in the rain when I was pregnant with my oldest girl. They were such relaxing walks. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAJUDY1 10/6/2012 2:43PM

    Thank you for including the pictures. They helped me to feel as if I'd walked with you. This blog is wonder filled and most enjoyable. I hope to read more.

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JERICHO1991 10/6/2012 2:35PM

    Thanks for another scenic adventure.

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NEWTINK 10/6/2012 2:03PM

    You visit some very beautiful places ... you are so lucky to live in what truly appears to be God's land. emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 10/6/2012 1:49PM

    Brilliant blog. I must do that woalk some time - but not in the rain, which could prove difficult! Love the scaredy cat soup bit. Such a shame I can't stand carrots - maybe that's a goal for me, to make the soup - I expect it'll have the same effect on my 12 year old daughter....

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  This was an absolutely beautiful blog! Thank you!

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LESLIESENIOR 10/6/2012 1:06PM

    Thank you for the great belly laugh! Scaredycat Soup is a winner in my book. I wonder if it will frighten my gophers and ground squirrels away.

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CHRISSYM30 10/6/2012 12:53PM

    That was a really neat idea to post your walk with photos. Its like you took us all on a guided tour. Looks like a beautiful area to walk through. Almsot wish I had such a nice area where I walk. Mostly businesses and houses lol. Thanks for sharing

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 10/6/2012 12:53PM

    Lovely walk!

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LIS193 10/6/2012 12:52PM

    What a lovely walk despite the typical english weather. Thank you for sharing!
That soup sounds nice.

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NEWHEARTSTART 10/6/2012 12:37PM

    Thanks for taking me along since I rarely stray far from home.

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TEACHING1ST 10/6/2012 12:32PM

    Seeing the picture, I knew it was your blog, Chantal! Thanks for your gorgeous photos, the vicarious experiences of your life and your great sense of humor---not to mention your culinary prowess!

Happy Saturday!

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CKAYTHOMAS 10/6/2012 12:28PM

Well done, chap!
Think I'm going to pass on the soup and the "loud" ending!

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BRIDIEGAL 10/6/2012 12:22PM

    Brilliant blog, as always!

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YAFENELRA 10/6/2012 12:20PM

    Beautiful scenery.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/6/2012 12:16PM

    LOL. I spent the whole blog thinking about Scaredycat Soup and wondering why it was called that.


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CICELY360 10/6/2012 12:10PM

  Pretty fall pics

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SUNNY332 10/6/2012 12:07PM

    Loved the humor you have pennned in this blog. Thanks for a great start to my day.

Enjoy your day!


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LORLORC 10/6/2012 11:45AM

    Brilliant! You made me laugh out loud

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LUZTHXTRA 10/6/2012 11:22AM

  anyone who likes jethro tull is oakay in my book you must be an awesome individual!

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FARIS71 10/6/2012 10:59AM

    Love the soup name. And as always a lovely tour!

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BLACK741 10/6/2012 10:55AM

    thanks for sharing like it all, but LOVED the ending!

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PEGGYO 10/6/2012 10:47AM

    great pictures

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MYBABYGIRLS 10/6/2012 10:34AM

    Thank you for sharing. I don't get the chance to see scenery like that on my walks, so yours made it a virtual treat! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 10/6/2012 10:32AM

    emoticon soup sounds hummy :D another beautiful walk thank you : )

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NIKKIJ55 10/6/2012 10:30AM

    Thanks for. Sharing your walk with us!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 10/6/2012 10:19AM

    Fun read -- thanks! emoticon

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