When I started sparking, my absolute limit for walking was about five miles, and yesterday I did eight. What's more, if I hadn't run out of food and water - and walk! I could have gone on and done ten I think. The walks are part of my new lifest... Read more
Be bloody, bold and resolute
That's from Macbeth. I'm feeling a bit gothic today.
Well, I decided to walk from Loughton to Epping today and let's be honest, it's about time I succeeded in doing it. There was the time I couldn't find the path at all. There was the time... Read more
Songs from the wood and scaredy cat soup
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 ... Read more
I said I had overdone things earlier, I got loads of sympathy that wasn't particularly deserved because one of the things I overdid was lunch.
Here's how it happened, and how I came to overdo other things too today. The gory details.
I... Read more
Today I met up with my friend Birdie and we went to Porquerolles, an island due south of Hyeres. On the way to the port to get the boat we passed the saltings full of flamingoes and Birdie, who is keen on birdwatching, gazed longingly out of the... Read more
St Tropez: landscape with boats
Today I take the bus to St Tropez.
(These are boats, not the bus. We'll get to the boats in a minute, but I put in a pic of the boats because the bus was not pretty. Wel... Read more
Red dragons and large pink birds
Today I take the bus down the Giens peninsula, which lies to the due south of Hyeres. Here's a photo I didn't take myself, this one's from NASA earth observatory and it shows ... Read more
Get up bright and early to go to the market in search of soap. Provencal markets usually have stalls with 97 flavours of soap, and every year I stock up. Unf. Hyeres' market hasn't, possibly because the tourist season is over. Instead I sat outs... Read more
Eurospark to France
Have renamed Eurostar for the day. Don't tell them I'm inflicting indignities on their corporate brand, willya?
Get to St Pancras for Eurostar at crack of dawn. Scanners, French passport control (very nicely packaged monsieur at the contro... Read more
Do the sundance for me
I'm going on holiday to the south of France in a couple of days' time. Looking forward to all that hot, sunny weather. Or I was.
Think again, girl, because the weather forecast is atrocious. 12C (55F), cloudy, raining, thunderstorms. I didn... Read more
Ten triffic things that happened to me today
I always think it's the small pleasures in life that are important. Here's my top ten for today, and only one of them involves eating empty calories. Time was when it would have been all ten:
1. I had half of last night's smoked fish pie le... Read more
Learned a valuable lesson today
I got the nibbles at work today. As you do. Of course my colleagues had brought in all manner of things to nibble. As they do. The rocky road minibites, the custard creams . . . I had a bit of everything. I had a smoked salmon sandwich for lunch... Read more
SP is taking over my life - in a good way.
Take a comment I posted on a message board earlier today, saying I didn't give my old clothes away because they were only fit ... Read more
Not the Loch Ness monster
Today I take the train back to Cheshunt and walk up the river Lea to Broxbourne. This is the same walk I did a few weeks ago, but I walked nearly all the paths in reverse to give us all some different views.
Last time I was wearing a tshirt... Read more
Death To The Moths
I have just tried on my three winter coats. The size 16 one, 25 years old, I'm hoping to be able to wear in spring. I can now put it on but I can't do it up. Still, it's progress.
The knee-length black one, the best that Marks and Sparks (n... Read more
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