A medium-dry sherry, please

I suggested a walk in the woods followed by a medium-dry sherry in a pub with an open, log fire. (It must be 30 years since we last ordered a sherry in a pub!). It wasn’t to be, but we did make the park.

We had porridge for breakfast

We started the day with porridge. Big flakes of oats in a small dish – with syrup. When I was a kid my mum would serve up a large plate of smooth porridge such that the edges would cool down quickly and form a sort of skin – and we added far more syrup than would be advisable these days.

Just before the new series of Beck begins, this firework was captured out the window.

The Itchen Way walk – stage 3

The third stage of the 4-stage walk along the Itchen Way was around 8 miles and took a little under 4 hours. Starting at Winchester, where the second stage finished, it ended at the tiny village of Itchen Stoke (no shops!). It was a generally lovely, sunny day and an attractive walk. A bus to Alresford and then another back to Winchester Station and eventually home, rounded off a lovely day.

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River Wey walk from Byfleet

Many years ago, when I first walked along the River Wey, I was overwhelmed by the stunning autumn colours, and I was hoping to repeat the experience today. Unfortunately I came too soon and there’s probably another 2 or 3 weeks to go before the trees change colour. But it was a glorious, sunny day so it was still a rewarding walk.

The walk begins by crossing the M25, and for the first 10 minutes the noise is deafening.

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