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Roz Cawley
Newbury, Berkshire
Anglo-Welsh countrywoman with a heart and a brain - both fully functional!
Interests: Old houses, Old books, Good food, Gardening, M.A. in Death Studies, Counsellor specialising in Bereavement and loss, facilitator of therapeutic writing courses.
Recent Activity
Thank you for all the encouragement to make more little videos - here's another brief experiment from the cottage on a cold & windy November day. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
This is a first for me - a brief (VERY brief) little video, taken in the garden a couple of days ago. Posted within the confines of my Facebook friends (and on my feeble 'Autumn Cottage Diarist' Facebook page, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Granny Weatherwax & Nanny Ogg (from the Map of Lancre) - Paul Kidby, 1998 I'll hold my hands up to say that I have never read a Terry Pratchett book to the end. I've tried - but they are just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Colour themed knitwear and needlepoint by Kaffe Fassett I have been a sewer and a textile collector for most of my life. In my teens and early twenties, this love was put to practical use, running up most of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Early days - Dad's ex-RAF German Shepherds were my earliest friends It's Halloween and in many places, little folk will be carving pumpkins, dressing up in spooky costumes, having fun parties and 'trick or treating' their way around neighbourhood houses.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
At the margin of the woods, where the Roe deer hide and play An unpleasant dawning this morning - I had fallen asleep last night with the radio on and woke to the sound of a vicious apologist for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Oh, my dear friend. No words apart from gratitude that you caught this thing when you did. And love, of course. Always love. Holding you in my heart. Roz.
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The ice-cream colours of the houses in Llandeilo Our week in Wales was spent just outside the charming little town of Llandeilo - a place where a smile and more than a brief chat seems to be the order of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Foggy evening - twilight in Highclere A grey day in North Hampshire, but it has not been difficult to make the best of the day nevertheless. First of all, off to an enjoyable and very 'gossipy' lecture in Hungerford, on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
The River Tywi at Pentrecwn Farm, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire - our home for five days Just a week back from five extremely restorative days in West Wales - the Land of my Fathers. I didn't expect - when we left... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Back in another life, I spent several years dealing in Antiquarian and second hand books and prints. It was often the case that - along with the books - an added bonus would be all sorts of items which had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
A planted trough in the late summer sunshine, Tetbury There's a feeling in the air…the summer has imperceptibly turned into very early autumn…the last days of school holidays have arrived…leaves are beginning to turn and fall, the swallows were gathering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Autumn Cottage Diarist loves all sorts of bits and pieces! I've been doing some reading on business topics in another part of my life recently and one thing which seems to be emphasised over and over again is that one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Come out, come out, wherever you are!! (Oh, there you are...under the table!) Having recently returned to blogging myself, (Facebook is OK but oh, so instant, so ephemeral, so insignificant!)I'm glad to have your good company, my deah :-) All of what you say above is so resonant to me. If I may be allowed to, I will walk in your footsteps as we walk this bloggy path again together - I will wallow in your seemingly effortless skill at making art and try - just TRY - to achieve one hundredth of what you present so beautifully to the world. Welcome back, Word and Art smith Marvel!!!
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They call it synchronicity, don't they? those extraordinary coincidences that sometimes happen so often that they become almost ordinary, but still give one pause (and a reason to muse that - perhaps - nothing is accidental). And so it happened... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Lilies and Agapanthus on the terrace last week And there was I, intending to run, with all banners blazing, into a return to this blog on 1st August…I've missed you all, my friends. But as with so many of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Roz's Ratatouille - wonderful with fish dishes We have a forecast of the temperature rising and going 'into double figures' by midweek - but at the moment, we have grey skies and a bitterly cold wind blowing across the south... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Some of you will remember how pleased I was to find a lovely 'sleeping fox' cushion a few years ago at the local branch of 'Next'. I am always on the look-out for interior decorating items with particular themes, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
How exciting to see the evidence of these visitors - thank you for allowing me to see it as well! What a beautiful walking place... Get well soon, dear Britt-Arnhild xxx
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It's been quite a week for parts of the Western World, hasn't it? and not one I have relished. Polarised opinions, anger and anxiety and that feeling - as I look into the future - of wondering what exactly will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
The most intense coloured Dogwoods in the Winter Garden - Cornus sanguinea 'Anny's Winter Orange' It's a hard-frost winter here at Autumn Cottage; no snow, but two weeks of bitter cold and sparkling white hoary nights. The watery sun -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Gloom in the January cottage garden 'Blue Monday' is not a single day on the New Year's calendar for me - steely blue has been the actual colour of the skies here for several days after the Midwinter Solstice/Yule/Christmas festivities... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Midday sun - 20th December 2016 Friends - this post was originally titled 'Ten Gifts Money Can't buy for Christmas' - but that would not be strictly true. Some of these ten gifts that I can give to myself or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Thanksgiving Day in the USA - and once again, I am kidnapping the concept here in the UK to make my own list of gratitudes. Here are just ten things out of many in my life that I am so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Sumach suckers, leaves about to fall... Already December is nearly upon us, while I am still getting used to the fact that it is no longer July! I've just walked across our drive (over to the compost bins where many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist