Rainham Marshes – Things Remembered And Never Known

Rainham Marshes
Rainham Marshes, a place worth finding yourself

RSPB Rainham is a body of marshland at London’s Essex border.

The Dartford Crossing towers beyond its crown. Under the pylons at its flank among a clank of industrial units at the railway edge is a depot or perhaps factory for red double-decker buses.

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Rainham Marshes – Things Remembered And Never Known

All Change – Hastings To Rye

Clifftop grass and bracken
Clifftop grass and bracken

I’M not known for taking my time over a drink but even by my standards that pint of cider barely touched the sides.

As with many things, John Steinbeck’s Doc had it best in Cannery Row – the first for thirst, the second for taste. He was talking about beer but I wouldn’t bet against him developing a taste for cider if it had been readily available in hot Monterey. Continue reading “All Change – Hastings To Rye”

All Change – Hastings To Rye

Parkland Walk With Steinbeck

Platforms at the old Crouch Hill station
Platforms at the old Crouch Hill station

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck is an account of a road trip the author undertakes across the US with his pet poodle, whose name informs the title.

It begins with a description of the restless spirit – the want for wandering we feel from youth and suffer into middle age and maturity. The need to be a bum sometimes.

Having decided to hit the road, Steinbeck says the bum must settle on three things. A reason for going; the route to be taken; and the means by which it will be covered.

I like this description: the bum within us wants to leave; our higher aspect seeks the reason.

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Disused horror movie church on a long walk in Henley Chilterns

This 14-mile circular walk out into the Chilterns from Henley is a beauty in the summer – through cool woods, across golden fields and green, green valleys at the foot of the Chilterns.

Wild flowers and butterflies are everywhere, red kites wheel and keen overheard and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see deer skipping between the trees.

It also takes in a tumbledown, disused Norman church that featured in 1970 British horror movie Blood On Satan’s Claw and is in the heart of Brakspear country – which brews a very fine bitter indeed.

What, then, is not to like?

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Disused horror movie church on a long walk in Henley Chilterns