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Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Lucky me - I received this magazine yesterday from Maria at Country Style Living. I had a lovely time browsing through it over a cup of coffe after dinner last night and will be having a further read later on today - THANK YOU SO MUCH!

LUCKY ME - to live somewhere where the walk back from town can be along a path as lovely as this....

... this used to be a railway line before Dr Beeching got at it back in the 1960s.

This pond was so quiet and peaceful and I saw dragonflies and heard the plop of fish as I stood quietly watching and enjoying the scene.

What a pretty pink this balsam is - I know it is an invasive weed but it does have a pretty flower.....

I had been into town to have a cup of coffee with my French friend and an hour or so of French conversation - I don't want to lose what I have learned and it must keep my little grey cells busy mustn't it?!

You have seen this bridge before - this is the part of the path I usually use when going to and from yoga - can you smell the smuts and hear the sound of long ago trainstrains as they pass beneath this bridge?!

Just at the end here the track comes out onto the busy main road but all is not lost as there is a wide verge and I continued my walk behind a screen of trees with the traffic out of sight if not out of hearing.

As you can see it was another bright day and aren't these crab apples pretty against the blue sky background?


LUCKY WINNERS - yes winners in the plural - since I seem to have been the recipient of so many lovely gifts from my blogging friends during the time I have been a blogger I have decided to offer my giveaway to one winner and then to add some consolation prizes too:


Winner is Cathy at Menopausal Musing - a knitted heart will be on its way soon Cathy

Consolation prizes to:

Lucy at Beads, crochet and puppydogs - A needlecase or hanging - let me know which you prefer Lucy

Meggie at Life's free treats - ditto as for Lucy

Pipany at Pipany and the Poltisko Memoirs - a knitted heart

Please e-mail me your addresses and I will get your gifts off asap.

I wished you could all have won - perhaps I could send a little something to all of you as long as there was no time constraint - it would keep me crafting and stop the back of the cupboard filling up wouldn't it? So for those of you who didn't win this time I might be in touch asking for your address at some time in the future!


  1. What a great walk home! :)
    Congrats to the winners!
    Vivienne x

  2. Oh how lovely Jane! I am thrilled, thank you. I will email you my address and bask in excitement for the day. Thank you too for the lovely comments on my blog. They really do mean a lot x

  3. I wish my walk back home from work was half as nice as yours!
    Congratulations to all the lucky winners! How nice of you offering those extra gifts. :-)

  4. Jane,
    Lovely walk Jane. I enjoyed it! Lesley

  5. What a lovely walk. You are very fortunate to live somewhere so beautiful


  6. Wow I am really excited to have won a prize!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I will email you with my address now!!!! Thank you!!!!
    Lucy xxxxxx

  7. I enjoyed the walk home - mine is probably just as pretty but I don't take the time to appreciate it often enough!
    Thanks for the reminder!!

  8. What beautiful spaces to have near you! It all looks so peaceful and calming...

  9. Congratulations to the lucky winners! I've enjoyed yet another gorgeous 'walk' with you, so beautiful!

  10. What a lovely magazine to get through the post, gives me an idea, think I may pop a few of mine on the blog I no longer need and share them around :-)

    Great walk, it must be so relaxing.

  11. Congratulations to all the winners.

    I love flicking through glossy mags - How many times did you say 'ooo I like that'?

    What a pretty walk home. You are very lucky :0)

    Jill x

  12. What beautiful scenery you have around you Jane! I love the picture of the pond - it looks so peaceful.

  13. Oh wow! THANK YOU! I also think the balsam plant is really rather pretty in spite of its "bad press". You live in a lovely part of the world....

  14. A lovely walk indeed, the old S.& D.railway passes near to me so I have a lovely walk close to home also. Have been reading your blog for a little while now, thankyou for such a calm interlude during the day. Pippa.

  15. what a nice sense of place. I miss England even though I live in a pretty great place.

  16. Lovely walk Jane - thanks for taking us along in your pocket!


    PS I know how much you like the Monday poem just to let you know that I will posting them on a new page - link at the top of my blog xx

  17. What a lovely walk home!
    I bet a lot of people go throught the same route as you... and take it for granted!
    Everyone has such busy lifes, nowdays!


  18. Thank you for sharing your beautiful walk Jane - your photographs are lovely and give a real sense of late summer.

  19. Wonderful to be able to walk in such beautiful surroundings instead of having to drive to get to your destinations

  20. Just taking a little time to read some favourite Blogs and I find I am a winner!! How luck & privileged I feel!
    I will send my address, and let you choose the prize. Thank you in advance!
    I do so love your 'walk' pics, and if I could walk, I would show mine. They would be so diffenrent to your beautiful English Countryside scenes!

  21. What a lovely walk! And thank you for identifying the pink balsam for me! We saw loads of it growing on the banks of the river Wye - I took photos of it looking stunningly pink against a blue sky - and I couldn't remember the name of it. Thanks for solving the mystery!
    Helen x

  22. What a great place to live with such a lovely walk.Glad you are enjoying your mag. Congrats to all the lucky winners of your giveaway......

  23. Oooh lucky you Jane.....what a wonderful walk.
    I hadn't realised that the Himalayan balsam was a pest; there's loads of it growing down by the river Trent near where I live. You can see why its nickname is 'poor man's orchid'.
    I can't resist buying 'Country Living' magazines; I have a huge pile of them in my conservatory. DH keeps saying 'no more!'.......

  24. Lovely walk and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  25. Lucky you indeed. I have family who live in the same town as you and I've walked that path a number of times, although the opportunities are not as frequent as I'd like as I don't live in England any more, but I do love that part of the country.



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