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Weeks of hot weather and no rain has left the Essex countryside parched. For once, my photographs are not of far-flung places but of the fields and canal just half a mile from my office and former home.

tree

The footpath gently drops towards the canal, finally joining the towpath. The water of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation flows in leisurely abundance eastwards, towards Maldon, the Blackwater Estuary and the North Sea.

But my temptation at this point is to turn westwards, and head upstream to where the Old Stables tearoom at Paper Mill Lock offers refreshment.

Surely, if I walk far enough, I will burn off the flapjack that weighs heavily upon my conscience and stomach!


 

Why inflict an Amazon advert on you?

I'm not suggesting that you should shop on Amazon, but if you do, it would be helpful to me if you would click through from this website.

Although I receive very little from these advertisements, they do bring in just a few pounds each month to offset the cost of running the website.

Well, yes, I know I'd do it anyway; but a tiny slice of Amazon's profit, at no cost to you, would come in very handy.

 

 

Essex... parched in summer's heat!

One of my favourite walks, down from my office towards the Chelmer and Blackwater canal...

seeds

looking south

dead tree

Green appears where a small stream soaks away into the canal, a lush background to the skeleton of a fallen tree.

wheat

Almost ready for harvesting, and it's still only July.

path westwards

canal

And finally... a most beautiful navigation, running from Chelmsford to the sea at Maldon.

 

across field


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 cracks


What does it mean to be 'at home'?

This question is the starting point for my latest writing project, exploring the concept of personal space, and a sense of belonging.

Little Baddow was the village of my birth; the place where I feel most rooted.

In a cosmopolitan world, does it make sense to commit to a particular place?

Can we live without a sense of home?

Watch this space... or rather the Philosophy and Ethics website... for my exploration of that one.