Thursday 10 December 2020

Urban Diary


I call these days the “mulchy” season. The combination of October’s falling leaves, November’s annual trees’ divestment and December’s intermittent cold drizzle floods the ground with a moist, compost-like spread.

This is the perfect time for a walk in Epping Forest, the ancient woodland that lies northeast of Greater London. First, we need to layer up, though. We’ve had a northerly this week and the temperature today feels below zero. However, we have the good fortune of fair weather, albeit still on the icy side.

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  1. Nice writing. I enjoy reading about your walk and am also one who enjoys "inclement" walks.

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  2. It sounds and looks truly beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Thats true its a real combination
    as you wonderfully said.. happy

  4. Stillness is good. Even though many have too much these days...

  5. Iam so happy to see you out and blogging again!You have been missed!The walk seems soo lovely !And you write about it very well
    Wish you all good!

  6. What a wonderfully descriptive post! I walk about on our acreage most mornings and love noting all the differing sights and sounds with the changing of the seasons.

  7. Stillness / sound / silence / smell / springtime / sun .... some sort of sensory alliteration there, it would seem.

    Thousands upon thousands of years pass, but humankind still needs to be in the midst of Nature to truly feel at peace with life.

    Your writing here, CiL, is very descriptive and very charming in the sense of allowing the reader to see within you. Thank you, for a glimpse of the actual you ....

  8. Bom dia meu querido amigo. Tudo bem com você em Londres? Imagem e texto maravilhoso. Parabéns. Bom final de semana.

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  10. Your beautiful description of Epping Forest, an ancient forest located northeast of Greater London, took my imagination to walk through it and see the exotic 'mulch' colors.

    Greetings from Indonesia.

  11. Hi ACIL - really soggy here too ... slippery leaves on the roads, milky gulch on the chalky Downs ... really gungy. Epping Forest must be lovely to walk through ... take care, stay safe and enjoy the days out, such as they might be - Hilary

  12. Mulch season is perfect! Your photos make me miss England all the more. We're obviously not visiting family this year. I hope you're doing okay in lockdown. I actually wish more of the USA were locking down.

  13. Hasn't really been soggy this year, although the week of 12/14 will give us enough sogginess to last through next year. The mountain is definitely in that kind of forlorn melancholy that often grabs your attention for a bit and makes you think thrice about the world today.

  14. Muchas gracias por tu aportación al blog
    me alegra leerte por acá
    muchos besos
    Felices fiestas

  15. Sounds interesting. I have never been there.

  16. It's been 'mulchier' than ever up here in Edinburgh this year!



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