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WALK – FROM CHEESEFOOT HEAD TO THE SHIP, OWSLEBURY, AND ON …

May 2022. A lift to Cheesefoot Head. The distant blue chimneys are Fawley Oil Refinery on Southampton Water (?). Wheat, here not tall yet. Path strewn with massive flints. Apron of open downland spreads out for miles. Sporadic sun lights the ground with fleeting, angels. Path becomes hedged. Jack-by-the-Hedge, also known as Garlic Mustard for its smell when rubbed (must try). Blue ground ivy. Blue self heal. Mostly coarser than the flowers of spring. Sapphires of speedwell. White butterflies, and cow parsley which I imagine wafts a gentle scent and then I see through a gap beyond huge fields of...
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WALK – FROM CHEESEFOOT HEAD TO BRUSHMAKERS ARMS, UPHAM

Maybe days of long distance walks are over – Bob is nearly 91 and I don’t like to leave him too long – besides, I can’t do more than eight miles a day or rather, it feels too much, it ends being a weary tramp.  Anyhow, during the Covid years, 2020 and 2021, it was only local walks, and now the pubs have reopened, what could be better than ending at a pub with Bob there to take me home?  Sometimes I take a bus to the starting point.  Sometimes Bob leaves me somewhere, and I get the bus back to Alresford. What has transformed my walking is the app Outdoors GPS.  Wherever I am, my iPhone shows...
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EGYPT 2022, LUXOR AGAIN

Two long Covid years, not going anyway except to Landmark buildings with the family – great but there’s rain, shopping, washing up and cooking – we take it in turn.  These days I am slow, and Bob’s walking is poor.  He says mournfully, I’ll never go to Egypt again … But, Margot and I look up flights, and there are cheap EasyJet flights to Hurghada on the Red Sea.  We are booked!  Geordie buys me three prints from the bookshop, torn from old books, of Luxor from the water, Valley of the Kings and Plain of Thebes. The Covid paperwork is fearful, but Margot is enthusiastic and orders Covid...
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10. GARDENING FOR EVER. Shrubs and Climbers

 CHAPTER NINE Shrubs  The word Shrub comes from the Old English scrybb, related to the Low German shrubben meaning coarse, uneven.  Forget these ungracious connotations.  Shrubs make for a varied border in their own right, and can demarcate spaces, leading to places not initially seen.  All below, except the golden choisya, will grow in sun or shade, by which I mean they are best sited where in summer they get a splash of sun for an hour or more.  Shrubs make for a varied border in their own right.  Some shrubs like weigela, lilac, deutzia and philadelphus are not listed here because their time...
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9. GARDENING FOR EVER. Leaves and Trees

                                                        CHAPTER EIGHT Leaves and Trees Leaves Plant catalogues would have it otherwise, but leaves are often more important than flowers.  They last an entire season, and there’s no need to dead head.  Varied leaves can give an impression of intrigue, creating a lively party you want to join.  This comes from mingling and contrast such as ferny leaves beside solid leaves, feathery leaves and lacy leaves, matt and shining leaves, and various colours.  Some fine performers are (fuller details in...
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