Autumn could be a sad time with the shortening days and unreliable weather if it were not for the leaves turning into a vibrant display of colour.
I always delight in this but find myself asking questions. What type of leaf am I looking at that is turning […]Continue Reading →
The Woodland Trust has embarked on its “Tree of the Year competition” for 2015. We are invited to nominate a tree that we love because it tells a story.
This set me thinking about the many weird and wonderful trees I have seen when exploring the London Loop.
An ancient oak by Warren […]Continue Reading →
With regular watering, the seeds will soon transform before your eyes as they swell up, turn a greenish white and then sprout shoots and leaves that are ready to eat […]Continue Reading →
Our home ed group of children and parents sat on logs in a clearing. They had agreed to spend a good minute in total silence listening to the wood around them: the rush of wind through branches, the pink call of a chaffinch and the low growl of an airplane. It was a magical […]Continue Reading →
Pole Hill: A Favourite Haunt of T.E.Lawrence
Take just a short detour from the London Loop path as it passes through the grasslands of The Chingford Plain, and you arrive at Pole Hill, a place of poignant interest that invites you to pause and reflect.
An obelisk stands there, at the top of […]Continue Reading →
Wide expanses of cow parsley shimmering in the light form a lasting image from our walk through Foots Cray Meadows. Families and dogs exploring the river banks and delighting in the splash of water is another. Then, not least, is the Red House that we visited at the outset of our walk.
Once home to William Morris, founder of the Arts […]Continue Reading →
Hall Place has a playful, magical feel. We came to it near the end of our walk from Erith to Bexley. It was in mid-April just as the apple blossom was at its peak and flower-beds were beginning to burst with spring colour.
A Tudor mansion with gardens, Hall Place has been restored and designed both inside […]Continue Reading →
Just a short train journey away from Central London, you can find what may, at first, look rather bland and non-descript – a flat terrain of waterbeds, reeds and rushes. What can possibly be of interest, you may ask yourself. Come a bit closer, though, and you discover variety and life in abundance. Birds and other wildlife have […]Continue Reading →