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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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NEWMOM20121 10/6/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like a wonderful walk.

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BLOOMING52 10/6/2012 10:04AM

    Thank you.

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CHUM48 10/6/2012 9:55AM

    Thanks for taking me on y our vacation! what is a "rasher of bacon"

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PYNETREE 10/6/2012 9:55AM

    I was so there with you on your jaunt! Can I count that in MY exercise tally? Guess not, as I was laying here, joining you in spirit - on my laptop. LOL!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/6/2012 9:54AM

    Haha!! emoticon Gorgeous pictures!!

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MILADY_LCF 10/6/2012 9:50AM

    Sounds like a graet recipe and looks like another lovely walk!

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MOMMY445 10/6/2012 9:48AM

    thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures! you can do this! you are worth it!

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NITTINNANA 10/6/2012 9:48AM

    Thanks for posting! Loved the pictures, loved the geography lesson. Enjoyed hearing about the rainy part of your walk, because I like walks in the rain. (Like you, though, gentle rain, not getting drenched). Thought the soup sounded good - and then howled at the ending!!

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DEBBYNATION 10/6/2012 9:48AM

    Ahh enjoyed seeing God's incredible paintbrush along your walk - I imagined walking with you - but no thanks to the fruity tea! :)

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KALANTHA 10/6/2012 9:36AM

    Thank you for sharing your walk and soup recipe with us. I loved the pictures and the video of the man and the stag!



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INGMARIE 10/6/2012 9:34AM

    emoticon love the name of the soup (and the reason for it)
Thanks for sharing the pix. lovely walk you had. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 10/6/2012 9:30AM

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KYDZTOI 10/6/2012 9:29AM

    Love the pics with your blog!!

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LYNCHD05 10/6/2012 9:23AM

    Love the pictures and your amazing way with words. Thanks for taking me along!

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LAURIE5658 10/6/2012 9:14AM

    Oh my word LOL. I was living your life in the peaceful solitude that is your outing and then we come to the soup. I almost spit my coffee on to my laptop.

I simply adore your writings and thank you!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/6/2012 9:01AM

    It is so neat to have Spark Friends around the world. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Make Today a Great Day!

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KATROUS 10/6/2012 8:52AM

    I really enjoyed seeing pictures from your walk! I miss being able to visit England for my job.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/6/2012 8:51AM

    always nice reading and seeing where you are wandering about.

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LISA_FRAME 10/6/2012 8:47AM

  Nice pictures

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SUSANK16 10/6/2012 8:45AM

  Very beautiful

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CHARZ51 10/6/2012 8:41AM

    Thanks so much for the wonderful walk this morning. The photos were helpful as I walked with you in my mind ... simply lovely and Jethro Tull is a perfect match. The soup recipe is a must try! Loved your blog! Have a G'Day!

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SCAREWALDORF 10/6/2012 8:24AM

    emoticon I LOVE that this was a popular blog. You're right. Cats do not like sudden loud noises emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 10/6/2012 8:15AM

    Thanks for the walk emoticon ... think I will skip the soup! emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 10/6/2012 7:57AM

    that recipe looks delicious

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DFROMTX 10/6/2012 7:52AM

    Thanks for the interesting blog, great pictures, & soup recipe with "intriguing" name!!

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EACHMOMENT2 10/6/2012 7:51AM

  Sure enjoyed the virtual walk! As a teen I visited London and spent hours walking the parks there. I yearned to find a walk here in New England to see some new sights other than my dirt road outside my door. I love walking! Sounds like you do too.

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PAM12101 10/6/2012 7:42AM

    Loved the pictures I have a friend in England and talk with him from time to time.
I so felt like I was there seeing what you saw. Please do more like this one was
enjoyable to read.

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IDLETYME 10/6/2012 7:40AM

    Beautiful blog - lovely walk. The soup looks yummy! emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 10/6/2012 7:39AM

    I enjoyed your walk........

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WILSONWR 10/6/2012 7:34AM

    What a great blog! (And a great walk!)

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JIBBIE49 10/6/2012 7:26AM

    emoticon How wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor to be an inspiration to so many others. emoticon

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DOINITRIGHT2012 10/6/2012 7:25AM

    emoticon on your blog making the "Featured Member Blog" emoticon

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BESCATS 10/6/2012 7:25AM

    A good blog with beautiful pictures to share with us, and thanks for all the descriptions. I felt like I was walking with you. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/6/2012 7:20AM

    Beautiful Walk, and the Soup sounds like it would be perfect after a long, cold walk! Thanks for the Links and the Photos. I thoroughly enjoyed Our Walk!
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NCSUE0514 10/6/2012 6:57AM

    Thanks for bringing us along for the walk!

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LOGOULD 10/6/2012 6:53AM

    LOL! Loved the pics......reminded me of my visit to Czech this summer....

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GLORYB2014 10/6/2012 6:51AM

    Good blog, enjoyed the photos and your descriptions along the walk!
Will also copy that soup recipe, looks good to me!!
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THEIS58 10/6/2012 6:50AM

    Just great

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DANLENO1949 10/6/2012 6:34AM

    Great blog, but I don't need the lentils LOL

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LIVEDAILY 10/6/2012 6:22AM

    emoticon
Ah! I was wondering about the scaredy cat part! Too funny!!

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NANCYHOME247 10/6/2012 6:12AM

    The image of an "honest" river path is strong and compelling. Very good turn of phrase, that!

I collect unusual recipes. Sometimes it's because of ingredients, sometimes origin, and sometimes because of the story attached. "Scaredy Cat Soup" is going straight into my files and will no doubt remain on my mind the next time I decide to make lentil soup! Where did you find this humorous recipe, or did you name it yourself? I'd like to add any history about it when I add it to my files.

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ANJ011 10/6/2012 5:41AM

  That soup sounds great. Will definitely try it.
Thanks for the beautiful scenery. emoticon emoticon

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MILLIE5522 10/6/2012 5:13AM

    Definitely going to try that Scaredycat soup! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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SPACEBOT1 10/6/2012 5:10AM

    My cat is made of stern stuff, she has been gassed on many occasions.

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MISSLISA1973 10/6/2012 5:10AM

    emoticon Beautiful pictures! Hilarious soup story! emoticon

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SUNSET09 10/6/2012 4:59AM

  Thanx for allowing us to tak this walk with you as it was so refreshing and these are the reasons there shouldn't be many excuses not to exercise! The soup reminded me of when I was home; we would eat soup during the winter and inclement weather as it was soothing and refreshing. Nothing wrong with gettnig caught in the rain! Ay, the work is done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STONECOT 10/6/2012 4:06AM

    I used to have a cat that was fascinated by the human habit of suddenly noisily expelling quantities of wind! She behaved like a pointer dog, tail outstretched, neck extended as she pointed towards the culprit, no matter how discrete you tried to be. Ok when I was home alone, but a little embarrassing with guests, then she would jump up and bury her face in your lap, just in case anyone had missed it the first time!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/6/2012 3:04AM

    Teddington Lock used to be my old stomping ground when I was young, many a day I'd walk down there. It's not far from Teddington Studies where Magpie used to be aired.....do you remember the program? Long time ago admittedly.

Soup is the ideal end to a soggy day, hope you enjoyed it

Have a good weekend emoticon

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POPSY190 10/6/2012 2:40AM

    We've just eaten lentils - and we have 3 nervous cats! Lovely blog, as usual.

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