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    Foodie Fridays

    Posted on February 15, 2014 by in Cookery and baking

    Mike and I work mostly from home, so have tried to set out a routine to make the most of being our own bosses. After various conversations along the lines of “We really ought to do more fun stuff during the week”, we instituted Wednesday Walks and Foodie Fridays. You can see the results of […]

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    Bellis perennis | Daisy

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Daisy flowers have many names This common white flower with an iconic yellow centre is known common daisy, lawn daisy, English daisy and bruisewort. I hear that historically it was traditional to mash up flowers & apply to broken veins in face to improve complexion. I have no idea whether this has any modern validity! […]

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    Stellaria holostea | Greater stitchwort

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Stitchwort – a tiny white flower This tiny white flower with pretty orange anthers is common in Sussex, to the extent that I wasn’t going to photograph it until my daughter insisted. The flowers are about 2cm across, and we found the one photographed below in an open area, growing alongside a concreted footpath. Stitchwort […]

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    A walk along Seaford Head

    Posted on January 12, 2014 by in Outings, Walks

    Walking in the South Downs National Park Here is an article I wrote last summer about a local walk. It is June and I am sitting at the top of Seaford Head I am perched above the 100ft white cliffs, about 15ft from the edge. I am not sitting on a bench, but straight on […]

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    Remembering a walk by painting a shadow

    Posted on January 5, 2014 by in Art

    A painting of a walk Last week during the Christmas break, I went on a lovely walk with my family. I took this photograph of myself, surprised the shadow was so long (it was about 1pm when I took this). Looking for an activity on a wet afternoon the other day, I thought I’d copy […]

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    A winter walk with storm kettle

    Posted on December 31, 2013 by in Outings, Walks

    Mike asked for a storm kettle for Christmas I must admit I didn’t know what one was. I did a little homework and found out it is a kettle small and handy enough to be taken on hikes. You light a fire at the bottom of a small metal chimney which is double-walled to contain […]

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    Natural Christmas decorations and an open fire

    Posted on December 22, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Christmas at home Natural Christmas decorations I am not an eco freak but I love to do things the natural way wherever possible. Being the owner of a dried flower shop, my work quite often overflows into my home life: this year our tree was smothered in natural Christmas decorations. An open fire Another example […]

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    Klimt at the National Gallery

    Posted on December 21, 2013 by in Art

    Facing the Modern – The Portrait in Vienna 1900 Loving this art exhibition! I visited this exhibition at the National Gallery in London a few days ago. I was particularly drawn by the prospect of seeing a painting or two by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), and seeing where his style may have originated. I particularly enjoy […]

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    Why buying logs is easier than visiting the butcher

    Posted on December 10, 2013 by in Environment

    A lunchtime chat about buying logs My husband Mike and I like to do something different on a Friday for lunch, and last week we put a camembert cheese and some bread in the oven to bake. As we were eating, we had an interesting discussion about buying logs. We had just received a delivery […]

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    Getting out and about

    Posted on November 23, 2013 by in Outings

    Hi, I’m Ruth and here is a pic of me on the beach in the sunshine, having a picnic with my kids.  The purpose of this blog is to celebrate all things leisure in my life. I run my own business so need to make the most of every moment away from the desk! It’s […]

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