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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
I sat last evening in the cool of the summerhouse, looking out on the pond, a glass of wine in my hand, the light filtering through the trees, birdsong abounding…everything still; particularly myself, unable to move after three days rather... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
One of the briefest posts ever made, and I know I've been quiet here - but right now it is a case of gardening like mad to catch up with time lost through the atrocious weather of the last few... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
A rather flooded veg garden So many months of cold, wet weather interspersed with freezing, dark and snowy days - I am feeling so like a snail right now - head still tucked in, trying to stay dry while the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Frozen times down at the pond...Brrr! After the combination visit of 'The Beast from the East'* and 'Storm Emma'** there is a thaw setting in - for which I am glad. I have disliked the bitter cold (-7C and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Hen Pheasants The sky pewter, still full of snow, which, after a few hours respite, is falling heavily again. Swirling in the bitter wind, it's laying down another pristine blanket on top of the already soiled and compacted slush out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
My box of (broken!) treasures Just a little butterfly? When it comes to material inheritance of monetary worth, I didn't inherit much - my maternal grandmother's Victorian oil lamp; my mother in law's turquoise ring (rescued from a box of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Some thoughts on what the Celtic Brigid offers us to work with at Imbolc - in the form of another little video. This time filmed on another camera..supposedly clever but 'auto-adjusting' the focus for me much too often. Still much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Took some items down to the summerhouse at the bottom of the garden today and stayed awhile with my trusty long-tailed guard and companion, Sir Pippin of the Pond.(You'll see him later...) Spring is really starting to push through down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Pots of daffs on their way to their springtime showplace Like all my gardening friends, I have been desperate to get out in the garden again after the slothfulness of the Christmas holiday - and I have managed to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Surfacing three days into 2018, to wish you all a Happy and - most importantly - healthy New Year. I'm writing 'hunkered down' indoors today - in the tail-end of Storm Eleanor, which has done much damage to the west... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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
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
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