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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.
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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 5 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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It's July 2008, and I am at a conference convened by the British & Irish School of Feminist Theology. I'm listening to Dr. Mary Grey speak about reconciliation… 'struggling with reconciling hearts and holding fast to our dreams'. Mary had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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... outside my office window today; the vine leaves are turning…pale yellow, gold, rusting red; I couldn't see the fields to either side of the house - an almost impenetrable grey blanketing shrouded them, hanging in the air, hiding the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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2016 leaps and bounds forward - after a wet spring, we have had some beautiful summer days during the last couple of months. My health has not been 100%, (nothing serious) so what energy I have had has been spent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Lugnasadh - the day of first harvestings Even now, the season has changed; The bread sheaf of thanksgiving turns its face toward Solstice …and a Partridge in a Pear tree… Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at One Mindful Moment
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No more bemoaning the cold and dark weather that we were 'enjoying' right up to the beginning of June - the last few days have been everything that June should be in England; hot days and balmy evenings filled with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb! - in the veg garden today... Facebook 'Pages' sure are clever stuff; as soon as you create one, Facebook generously and helpfully offers all sorts of feedback statistics, telling me how many people have looked at my... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Our resident Greater Spotted Woodpecker, braving Storm Imogen today More than a month into 2016 and today here at Autumn Cottage we are experiencing - in the form of 'Storm Imogen' - just a little of the dousing that the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
This Advent calendar of yours is beautiful - a real inspiration, Britt-Arnhild; you have clearly put much effort into its creation and it is certainly all worth it. I look forward to reading each day as it arrives. Excited for you as you await your grandbaby! Much love, Roz.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2015 on December 9th at Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods
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The soaring spire of the church of St Mary the Virgin, Ross on Wye So many present day reasons to visit one of the quieter, gentler shires of England - but I fell in love with Herefordshire many years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Many of you who may have visited the Weald and Downland open air museum at Singleton, or watched 'The Tudor Monastery Farm' on TV will understand our curiosity; what would it be like to actually live in one of these... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The arch into the herb garden in the soft light of autumn It's more by luck than skill that I have captured on camera the large Southern Hawker dragonfly that I first heard, then saw, clattering around the pots which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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There's rosemary, that's for remembrance… fennel, lemon balm, mint - a symbol of the pot that she always kept filled and from which she abundantly fed me… buddleia and echinacea, for the butterflies and bees, for she is their sister,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Autumn Cottage Diarist