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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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KRISUA 10/6/2012 2:22AM


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EABL81 10/6/2012 12:01AM

    You are becoming a walking champion! The soup sounded like just the thing for a soggy day.

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JUNEAU2010 10/5/2012 11:41PM

    I gazed at those pictures a long time, imagining I was taking the same walk. As I was reading, I kept expecting a wild animal comment and then laughed OUT LOUD when I realized what scaredy cat soup is!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/5/2012 11:37PM

    What a nice walk!! Don't think I would want to mess with any stag in Bushy Park though! Good thing you turned around! Hopefully next time take a raincoat or did you and it didn't help anyway? We have these little poncho's in a pouch, folds up to the size of your pocket! Not a big fashion statement by any means, but it serves its purpose!
emoticon Or maybe an umbrella! Do you have those tiny ones that will fit in your backpack?
emoticon Loved the name of the soup and the effects on the cats!! heehee

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COUPONS0216 10/5/2012 11:17PM

    I just LOVE your blogs and the recipe is an added bonus!
Welcome Home!


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MARYJEANSL 10/5/2012 10:19PM

  First lions, now stags - what next? Sorry you got drenched, but at least you got to enjoy some really lovely scenery before the rains set in.

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REGILIEH 10/5/2012 10:02PM

    emoticon the pictures are beautiful and so appreciated! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/5/2012 9:39PM

    So sorry you got caught in the rain! Great pictures, though. Can you see yourself climbing a tree to get away from a stag? Yikes!

Love the Scaredycat Soup recipe. Thanks for the laugh.

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TIZSLIM 10/5/2012 8:18PM


You scare me. You keep blogging about places I know so well. Spent a lot of my early 20's around Teddington, Kingston, Richmond, Ham, and of course, Twickers! Didn't The Stones, and The Who, play at Eel pie Island back in the day [among others]?

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DJSHIP46 10/5/2012 8:18PM

    Thank you for the lovely pictures and the laughs emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 10/5/2012 8:15PM

    Fun read, beautiful pictures too!

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TECAVINESS 10/5/2012 8:01PM

    You are too funny, Really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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KIPPER15 10/5/2012 8:01PM

    Had lentil soup for lunch. Know what you mean, but the French bulldog is of a similar bent, we call him Toby Toots, so he is not at all startled. LOL emoticon

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KSCRAP363 10/5/2012 7:58PM

    You crack me up!!!

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L1ZB3TH354 10/5/2012 7:41PM


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JACKIE542 10/5/2012 6:25PM

    Great walk, and links. Sure hope you got a raincoat. Great seeing Autumn arrive, not the rain for you
Your soup recipe sounds great, it should worm you up and help you get some rest. emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/5/2012 6:07PM

    Nice wet walk! Sorry about the weather, but I like the soup recipe and am going to fix it tomorrow! Noises and all! emoticon

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DOINITRIGHT2012 10/5/2012 5:55PM

    You are too funny. Thanks for the laughs. emoticon

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FALLNTENN 10/5/2012 5:11PM

    I'm going to try the soup recipe. The scenery along your walk was beautiful emoticon

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SANDRAREGINA 10/5/2012 5:07PM

    Soup sounds awesome, and I love the name!! Glad you are thawing out and drying up.

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LEXIE63 10/5/2012 5:06PM

    Oh my! Glad you didn't encounter that stag! Poor guy won't be going near that park again for some time, I should think!

Love Scaredy Cat Soup. I have a similar recipe myself. :-) Blame the ensuing noises and smells on the dog, usually. LOL

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KATHYE55 10/5/2012 5:03PM

    Lovely scenery and can hear sounds of Jethro Tull too.

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    I really enjoyed the soup and geography lesson all in one. I feel smarter already. The soup sounds deelish .... alas I think I may have devised a plan to clear out the family room and get the remote all to myself!


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    Thanks for the walk.
Love the pictures and the chat.
viewed the web addresses you provided, too.
I will have to try building soups myself.
I have been in a rut and need a change.
Thanks again

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DALID414 10/5/2012 4:40PM

    Thanks for the view, and the good laugh!! emoticon

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HFAYE81 10/5/2012 4:25PM

    LOL!!! Sounds like some good soup emoticon
You look as if you had a lovely walk!

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