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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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What started out as a Not Very Good Day (Pile-drivers thumping in the plantation across the road, JCB digging up more trees/wiping out hedgerow in the other direction…and all very NOISY) has turned into rather a good one. Loathe to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Today - searching for the hidden seed! Imbolc - Brigid's Day. Celtic Goddess whose attributes include guardianship of the threshold ('step over, step in - and welcome!') and the hearth, patronage of the arts (especially poetry) and healing (and what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Down comes the jumble of tangled prunings - bit by bit, snip by snip. My trusty pruning platform! A little round-up of a satisfying day at this beginning of 2019, which I've mostly spent working in the garden until dark... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Hammamelis (Witch Hazel) - sweet scented and blazing with colour A perfect start to the year - a few hours at Hilliers, Gardens of my Heart; starting off as a clear blue-skied day, clouding over after lunch. I've never seen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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…Winter Solstice..Yule…Christmas.- all over the Northern Hemisphere, in places where the darkness rules at this time of the year, grew the Festivals of Light, to lighten the darkness of an otherwise mysterious and fearsome world. Though I am not now... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It always seems to happen around this time of the year, doesn't it? Coughs and colds spread around and about, and this year, one has spread all over me. Starting a week and a half ago with a common sniffly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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I'm also remembering two of my own ancestors this weekend. They came back…and so, I am here. This is George Arthur Silcox - my maternal grandfather - a Boer War veteran, he re-enlisted, aged 31, in October 1914, becoming a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Boxing Day, 1908. In front of the beautiful, Georgian, Henry Holland designed façade of Berrington Hall, surrounded by gardens landscaped by Capability Brown, Sir Frederick Cawley sits astride his hunter, his four sons at his side. They are masters of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The Women of my Line: Left (of Image) to right…. Mary Amici/Latham (in crinoline) my Great-Grandmother. 1843 - 1929. Engagement photograph, 1867. Kate Hosking/McCallum - my great Aunt. 1899 - 1929. Went to Australia to marry her beau - died... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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One of my staple purchases in my weekly supermarket shop used to be a pot of hummous, but over the last year the quality of the purchased product has deteriorated considerably... so I decided to go back to making my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Early morning sun filtering through the apple tree The days of falling leaves are upon us. Storm 'Callum' passed through in the last couple of days, thankfully not causing the havoc here that Ireland, Wales and the West of Scotland... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
How wonderful that you can visit your friend like this. Yes, I am also one of many that remember your visit to Carolyn. Beautiful photograph of a beautiful friendship.
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My grandfather ('Grampy' Latham) was a master baker by training - but more than that, he specialised in both patisserie and confectionery. He must have made many, many wedding cakes over his working time; he certainly made my parents' cake.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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On a Tuesday - but hopefully better late than never! Before you groan at the sight of 'Chrismassy stuff' - I thought I would share these two illustrations from an old 'Illustrated London News' from around 1865, so that anyone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The last of the Pumpkin, Squashes, cherry Tomatoes and Runner beans Just a few weeks ago we were sweltering in the hottest summer for forty years, but on cue, Autumn never fails to arrive and last night we were given... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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A fashion plate and an advertisement today - both from The Young Ladies Journal of 1886 - though quite a late Victorian publication, still containing the high quality engravings that reproduce so beautifully. Enjoy these (the fashion plate looks wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Not feeling my best today - so I wanted something easy to make for supper. The peeling, chopping and stirring while preparing this dish (which I made up as I went along, with ingredients from the garden (Aubergine!) and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Yes, yes..I know it's Monday - but you were supposed to have had this yesterday! My scanner would not play ball then - but at 4 am this morning, during a bout of insomnia, it must have felt sorry for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Take a look at the Potting Shed today, friends - Gardening Central. After the heat of July and August, when it was almost impossible to work in there, it has become more and more a hub of activity recently, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Though I left school fifty years ago, this time of the year always says ' back to school' for me. As the days cool and the nights lengthen, I still feel a frisson of excitement at thinking about 'what next'??... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It's that bitter-sweet time of the year: the end of August approaches - and to me, 'August' has always meant 'summertime'. And this year, in particular…what a glorious, real, 'just like when we were little' summertime we've had. But before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Just a few recent finds from the garden here at Autumn Cottage - but this time not of the horticultural kind - but discarded artefacts from previous lives that have inhabited this place. Even though they are only 'chips and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Oh, that was a 'sieze the moment' moment - so glad you siezed it!!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2018 on Some days at Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods
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Another image from yesterday's Woodswalk - and a sight which always moves me considerably - a rider 'shepherding' another horse (at quite a speed), while themselves riding on horseback. I have always thought that it demonstrates huge trust and empathy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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A walk this morning down through my 'Cathedral of the Trees' - the road through Great Pen Wood, just across the way from Autumn Cottage. It was autumnally still and quiet to begin with - but then the sights and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist