Saturday, 11 October 2014

Bah, Humbugs


When I came home from Dorset, I found this on my desk, which was wonderful because I was completely knackered from my travails. Rachel had bought me a stash of British candies, following our conversation on humbugs and other delectables described in any of Enid Blyton's books. I still want to eat the pop biscuits from The Faraway Tree.


Dorset


Two weekends ago I took the train to Dorset, or "encountered the delights of the British railroad," as my housemate Rachel puts it. I was to stay the weekend at a lodge, a haven for fugitives such as myself. I was joined by others in my Master's degree and it was wonderful and terrible at the same time. It was exhausting. I am not nearly as social as I pretend to be. I don't think the others were either.

The bed-and-breakfast Sunnyside Farm, where some of the students stayed for the weekend.


The Dorset Wildlife Trust provided boots for anyone wishing to take a stroll through the untouched countryside. I borrowed a pair and went wading through the River Hook with a net and an innate sense of curiosity. 

The blackberries were in season. 




I took this out a car window on our way to the beach.  








On the last day of the writers' retreat, I stopped by Sunnyside Farm and had tea with Mandy, the owner and hostess. Her two dogs were about and with her permission, I took this picture of one of them in her living room. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Garden


I live in a very English house with carpets and steep, narrow stairs and a wonderful little garden in the back. A woodpigeon lives in the high branches of the weeping willow and I've seen a shy cat sit on the low wall by the holly bush. We have beautiful views out our kitchen window, though my housemates tell me it can get a bit chilly come wintertime. I'm going to hang up a bird feeder as soon as I find one.

Snail in sunshine


A Change in the Air


Notice my stripey socks. 

And pockets. We musn't forget the pockets.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014

Fresh Faced


Good morning!

Today I am going to wear stripes, though not sure they'll be enough to ward off the cold.

Sunday, 21 September 2014