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A Slow Worm! A What?

Ever since I’ve moved to England I’ve learnt a lot of interesting (and weird) things. The people here think Australia is weird, but the UK has lots of weird things for an Aussie like me, and the latest one is a “Slow Worm”.

Some of you will know that I do scything in my garden to cut the grass. Ok, I know you think that’s weird but it’s good exercise, interesting and a very effective way to keep the grass under control without needing any engines, fuel, smelly fumes and all that stuff.

On Saturday, I was picking up some of the grass that I’d cut to put in my compost piles and I saw something that surprised me. It looked like a huge worm. Read more

Don’t ever use Chronopost

chronopostDon’t ever use Chronopost

Chronopost is a French courier and mail company (part of the DPD Group) and I’ve had two terrible situations with them. This is just a warning for anyone searching for information on Chronopost – don’t ever use them!

The first problem

A couple of years ago, when I was living in France, I had to send an urgent document to my daughter in Brisbane. Because it was urgent, I decided to pay extra money (it was about 50 euros) to send it by courier. At the French post office, they recommended Chronopost. That was a bad idea. Read more

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.