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Hi. Anyone who has not yet got the word, I have transferred my blog site to I will post this for a few days, then it will be gone. Thanks for your support. Kathleen Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Shere Delight
You are in CALIFORNIA? are you still there (when you wrote yesterday's post? No wonder it was warm enough to swim. I will be moving back "home" in few weeks..shipping furniture and everything, in the meantime, going a little crazy,needing to meditate and too antsy to sit still. How long will you be there? Love your painting these days.
What a wonderful way to spend a dY (oh, a song title!) And that it was warm enough to swim!! Freezing Mao here, but yes, off to Calif ornia in a few weeks. Mixed feelings.
The gods arrived on Thursday morning in the forms of a Phillipina cleaner and an English gardener. Before Carmelita arrives I always clean house so she won't think I'm a pig, so there was that to do, then young Jack Dew(er) lives up to his name by bounding to the door fresh as a spring day, (which this should be,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Shere Delight
Okay, so here's what happened next. I plunged into the Slough of Despond, paralyzed by fear and sense of loss, extending back to the age of about 6, and thinking that such a small person could not possibly cope with the vastness of moving an entire house, indeed, pretty much an entire life, back into an environment which is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Shere Delight
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It is early morning in late winter, and cold outside, as it has been for days. Elm and chestnut trees stand denuded of leaves, their untidy branches and bony twigs scratching at frozen air, while the evergreens stand stolidly, silent giants biding their time, waiting for spring. But I am cozy in bed, huddled under a warm duvet with my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Shere Delight
Gray Sandhill cranes, bent to pluck bugs and seeds from the fields, have been gurgling their strange, raucous call since dawn. They look almost like sheep from a distance with their long necks reaching down, or small, gray emus closer up. Pale winter fields, fallow at this time of year, stretch all around my sister's hacienda here in New Mexico,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Shere Delight
Spe nt Thanksgiving in San Jose with part of the family, including two nieces, a grandniece, a sister, and a grand nephew. It was my first Thanksgiving in the states for many years. All the traditional dishes made it around the table, like roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans and bacon, cranberry sauce, and a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Shere Delight
On the road again…..Ramsbury, Wiltshire, Here in Ramsbury, in Wiltshire, the weather is giving me a great send off to my long trip to the land of my birth. The wind has been howling around the chimney pots all night, rain drumming on the skylights, and now, at nearly noon,it is still wet and windy. Maisie, the little terrier who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Shere Delight
Rh I love to eat rhubarb now, but when I was little I didn't, especially stewed into a gluey pink mess and served for breakfast. Disguised as pie, however, with strawberries added and mother's melt-in–your mouth pie crust, it was not the same vegetable at all. It seemed miraculous to me that such a sour stalk could turn into the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at Shere Delight
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Shere Delight
Well, that's it. Symptoms of advancing years popping up, or maybe creakily- becoming- vertical, with each passing day. I walk down to Collins', the green-grocer in the square to - What else? buy veggies and fruit. This walk in itself is a Good Thing, as it not only conserves gas, but helps keep my own engine turning over. I used... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Shere Delight
Dear Lawrence, either choice is more or less ok; Gomshall is closer to Shere (you can ALMOST walk it), but I am not sure the trains are very frequent. There will be more trains to Guildford, and you can either get off at Clandon, though I am not sure of bus service, or go on to Guildford and come back. Again, I know buses to Guildford will be frequent, but Clandon is closer. There are plenty of places to eat in Shere: The William Bray, a spruced up pub with good food; Kinghams, excellent food but need to reserve; The White Horse, an earthy pub with iffy service and food; and a tea room called The LUcky Duck. We get quite a few tourists and walkers here, so we are spoiled for choice. When are you coming?
The Six Nations Rugby matches have begun, an annual competition between Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, France, and Italy. For my US friends, Rugby is something like American football except that: You can't pass the ball forward, you can only run forward with it; the scrimmage is called the scrummage, no protective pads, and they never stop except for an injury or penalty, which means they don't get to rest much. I like watching it, but found myself rooting for Wales, which my English husband wasn't too happy about, but then, I am an inveterate cheerer for the underdog, as well as being unable to stop playing devil's advocate. England won, but only after a very tense game. Whichever team wins the most points in the whole series wins, so of course even if a team loses one game, they can still win. Today, Ireland beat Italy (poor old underdog), and the Irish are playing the French in Paris. It means several days of continuous rugby in our house; in France we used to have rugby parties, like people do on Superbowl Sunday, and everyone seemed to root for a different team. No fisticuffs though, even between the Brits and the French. (Sandy, can't help thinking of you. You would love it. ) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at Shere Delight
Thanks for the comments. Laurence, Christine's cell was torn down long ago, so I am not sure if the dimensions were standard for Anchoresses or not. The outline of the cell wall remains on the outside of the church, and trefoil shaped opening from what was the inside of the cell into the church. Someone wrote a book called The Anchoress of Shere, but it was a sort of macabre mystery story and not about her at all, according to the reviews I read. If there is a film about her I would love to see it, as anyone who has voluntarily enclosed themselves in a cell fascinates me in a horrible sort of way. It is a wonderful village, pretty and quaint, where there is a quality of kindness and willingness to help others which is amazing. It is well worth a visit.
DML_Yuba_Rocks_Water-9.jpg | David Lovere. Exquisite, original photos by David -- Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Shere Delight
Reprinted from The Times: Weather The winter of '47: I've borrowed a balaclava helmet from Fred to wear in bed! This winter seems bad but the freeze of 1947, the worst in living memory, tested the resolve of war-weary Britons to the limit, The big freeze: Derbyshire bus stuck in a snow drift Photo: Hulton-Deutsch Collection Dominic Sandbrook 4:43PM GMT... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2010 at Shere Delight
We had our very own Anchoress back in the 14th century. She lived in Ash and Willow cottages down by the Tillingbourne , the river which runs through the village, and her father was a carpenter by the name of William. Her name was Christine; the cottages are still there, lived in by generations of other families. There have been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Shere Delight
. I watch from my window this morning as the man who lives across the street sets out for the church. He is slightly bent over, but walks briskly, dressed in a neat, clean black suit. Bernard and I follow a few minutes later, poppies in lapels, for the chilly 5 minute walk to the war memorial. It stands in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Shere Delight
The village of Shere is several hundred years old. The church dates from the 11th century and several houses date from Tudor times. Ours is new-ish, built in 1635 or so, newer than the first settlements in the New World. One family has ruled over Shere for about 500 years; a Bray was granted the land around here in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Shere Delight
Actually, it isn't. Not yet, anyway. After a relatively balmy September and early October, the temperatures have plummeted from daytime low 70's F to low 60's, and night times approach, but don't attain, freezing. The days are "drawing in". Long, 18 hour summer days have gradually decreased to 10, and by Christmas it will be dark at 4:00 PM, when-night... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Shere Delight
It is the 70th anniversary of Britain's entry into war against Germany, and the battle of Britain took place. In honor of the brave young pilots who fought so valiantly and brilliantly, a Hurricane and a Spitfire landed at one of the airports used as an airfield back then. It isn't too far from us; in fact, my son Matthew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Shere Delight
The days seem very short now that I am in my 8th decade. (Can that possibly be true?) Even though it is August, with the autumn equinox yet to come, I keep feeling that I am getting nowhere fast, days whizzing by before I can grasp them, slipping through my fingers like sand. Bernadino and I watched a BBC documentary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Shere Delight