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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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The inevitable 'Vlad' souvenirs - actually rather good likenesses of the known portrait I was delighted to discover, when I started my MA in Death Studies that it was permitted to incorporate a module from another department in the selection... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The Anunciation Church of St Anthony, Lipscani, Bucharest As a graduate of religious studies, founded on a lifelong fascination with comparative religions, I am always drawn with great interest to the religious practices and material culture of any place that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Dear readers - I have returned from just a brief week in Romania, but a huge leap in my interest and appreciation of a country and its inhabitants - an interest which has only just been kindled, but will call... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Oh, how these enchanted, golden early autumn days set one to idle dreaming! For the last few days, I've been intermittently watching 'The Chateau Diaries' on YouTube - weekly blogs from Stephanie Jarvis, the Chatelaine of Chateau La Lande -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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An Indian Summer here at the moment - and a few days off during the week to enjoy the last warm and golden days before Brother Frost arrives. We've made a few excursions on those holi-days, which I'll share in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The days draw in as autumn falls. Golden, beautiful light during the day today - but warnings last night that the frosts are on their way - so the annual 'gathering in' of my tender plants has started. Nothing too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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We get a number of nocturnal visitors to Autumn Cottage garden, who leave their calling card - in the form of their droppings - dotted around and about. There was one such prominent 'set piece' in the middle of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Hanging baskets on Newbury Town Bridge Well, The end of A Month In The Country once again! This month has flown past - the Cottage is already very gently slipping down into Autumn after the downpours and heat waves of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Dying Hosta leaf To my much beloved Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum today; we visit on average every three to four weeks and one would think that I would run out of different subjects to photograph. It's true that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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My favourite little hen Pheasant is back in the garden again, after being absent for several weeks. Though the Pheasant shooting season does not start until October 1st, one never knows, with wild creatures, whether the absence is ominous or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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I buy my (Yorkshire Tea) teabags in boxes of 240 at a time; the boxes are large, my tea caddy will not take all of them at once. So those that are left over go into the 'eBags' jar -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Leaving the house - gate open today Out for a stroll along 'The Drove' this morning, the road opposite my house which passes through the woods, I noticed just how many thresholds we cross in a day. My bedroom to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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I can hear voices (particularly of my Yorkshire friends) at this very moment, who would be shouting - 'If you've now't to say - then say that!!' It's difficult to find something to say here that I think might be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Hot sun...hard shadows The hottest Late Summer Bank Holiday on record here in the UK, apparently…it certainly felt like it this afternoon. 31C. We've had a very lazy day - a bit of pottering in the potting shed, followed by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It's the August Bank Holiday weekend - three days of R&R for many (though not all) and the last National holiday break before Christmas. 'Bank Holiday weekends' are often something of a Joke in the UK, as the weather is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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I encountered a shop that I just could not pass by during my visit to town yesterday. Wait for it - a FREE BOOK shop!! You have permission to swoon. Yes, they really do exist. Members of the public donate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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A view from the bridge...opposite the Opticians. The view ON the bridge - good woman! Into town this morning for a mundane eye check, a much nicer coffee break with my son, and then on to our local Museum, where... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The land around here is an open, downland, sheepgrazing chalky soil, scattered through like plum pudding with quartz flints of all shapes and sizes. The earth is thin and poor, needing constant improvement if one wants to make a cultivated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Many of the readers of this blog over several years will know of the handwritten Journal that I own, detailing two ladies' progress to Venice in 1906, and my subsequent retracing of their steps exactly 100 years later, with a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Saw this toy draped crib a little while ago in Haynes, the second-hand furniture store in Wantage that I so often frequent - and I just had to bring it home. It's not very big (about 60cm high) and it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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There are cooks who religiously follow recipes, shopping for the exact ingredients and not deviating from the set of instructions given - and there are cooks who look at what they have got and make up a recipe to fit.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Beautiful black 'Daleks' - holding compost, broken down leafmould and loam A morning spent 'down at the dump' - the Glory Hole at the bottom of the garden. Some find these places ugly - I find it one of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Poor plant - making an escape from prison and certain demise! I'm a firm believer in giving yourself a little treat after a less than jolly time…so after a visit to the phlebotomist at Newbury Hospital today, I felt that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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'The Welsh Tea party' - 19th century fairing Isn't it intriguing? In searching for background information on the little fairings made on the theme of The Welsh Tea Party, which depict (usually) three Welsh Ladies partaking of the ritual -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It's been a miserable, cold, very wet day here - and I've been 'confined to quarters' doing a necessary heap of office and online work that needed to be dealt with. But I'm never alone…Pip the cat dislikes this weather... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Autumn Cottage Diarist