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Taking stock

Sunday, October 07, 2012      38 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Be bloody, bold and resolute

Saturday, October 06, 2012      204 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Songs from the wood and scaredy cat soup

Friday, October 05, 2012      176 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Red-faced

Wednesday, October 03, 2012      50 comments

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

Pretty flamingoes

Tuesday, October 02, 2012      37 comments

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

Monday, October 01, 2012      46 comments

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

Sunday, September 30, 2012      35 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Wagon?

Saturday, September 29, 2012      76 comments

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

Friday, September 28, 2012      27 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Do the sundance for me

Wednesday, September 26, 2012      115 comments

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012      35 comments

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

Monday, September 24, 2012      40 comments

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

Small victories

Sunday, September 23, 2012      39 comments

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

Saturday, September 22, 2012      41 comments

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

Saturday, September 22, 2012      22 comments

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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