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Somerset and Dorset Railway – Company Rule

I saw this sign in a pub in North Wales and it cracked me up. It says it’s from the Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1864 and it looks quite old but, who knows, maybe I’ve been played. I did a bit of research on the web and it looks like you can buy original, antique, cast-iron versions of this Somerset and Dorset Railway sign, and a lot of recent reproductions are available as well.somerset and dorset railway - company rule

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Chelsea Flower Show 2015

On Tuesday last, I went to the Chelsea Flower Show in London for the first time. The UK and particularly London is all so new to me. I’ve seen almost nothing of London, and England in general, and there’s so much to see.

I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to go to the Chelsea Flower Show. It was a wonderful day with so much of Nature’s beauty on display.

Here are some of my photos from the day.

Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Bluebell Woods

Bluebell Woods

Finding these nice Bluebell’s was a surprise today. As part of exploring around my new home in the UK, I’m in the habit of just taking paths and seeing where they lead. Today I received the treat of finding these lovely Bluebell fields in the woods nearby. It was delightful to wander amongst them in peace and serenity. Very grounding and meditative.

I ended up walking for 1 hour and 50 minutes today, so I’m definitely getting into this walking thing. I’m trying to walk like Thich Nhat Hahn suggested in his book The Miracle of Mindfulness, in a very mindful and meditative way. It’s a good way to welcome more peace in my life.

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How Long is a Long Walk?

Today I ventured on a longer walk, and it ended up being longer than I’d thought. I was away from home for 2 hours and 40 minutes. What a walk! I went through the forest, down the North Downs, close to the M25, back up the North Downs and then through the forests and farms back to home. The largest walk I’d done recently was about 1 hour and 15 minutes, so this was a big step up.

Below you can see lots of photos that I took along the way. It really was beautiful (except for the M25). Some of them are a bit repetitive as I was trying to get a few good shots of my village.

Now at home, several hours after the walk, I can feel soreness in a lot of my muscles. The length of this walk and the steepness of the slopes going up and down the North Downs was quite a challenge, but it feels good. I’m really getting into walking now. Having a hernia repaired about 7 weeks ago seems to have given me a new lease on life. I didn’t realise how it was holding me back.

To you, how long is a long walk? I’m sure there are plenty of people who would think that this walk of mine was just a stroll.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

While in Cornwall last week, we visited a place called The Lost Gardens of Heligan and we were all pleasantly surprised. We only went there because it was close to where we were staying (a place called Pentewan, near Mevagissy)) and supposedly one of the recommended local attractions. We now know that The Lost Gardens of Helligan can be the main reason people visit this part of Cornwall, and now we also know why.

the lost gardens of heligan

One of the sculptures. I didn’t get to see this one. Next time! – Image from

It was a lovely day, last Tuesday, and the gardens were stunning. Especially the rainforest area of the gardens was gorgeous and a total surprise. We walked around for a couple of hours before having lunch (most of the produce they use coming right from their grounds) and still, we only saw about half of the property. The Lost Gardens of Heligan was wonderful. Read more