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Inspiration 1: ‘The process of being filled with a feeling or the urge to do something’

Often we think that we know a word, but are we looking at its every facet?  A colleague encourages students to consider how it makes them feel and to go with this to work out its meaning.  His is a… Continue Reading →

How to enjoy a long bus journey: Dover to Auxerre

The good thing about public transport, as an eco-warrior told me on the delayed train home last night, is that not only is it better for the planet, but you can just chill.  This is exactly what we strive to… Continue Reading →

A short walk and squirrels

My daughter and I went for a shortish walk today.  Down the path through the trees, beside the sloping road to Mailly le bourg du bas (the lower village).  At the bottom there’s a crystal cave…  Or at least quartz… Continue Reading →

Nature in the City: Flowers in Concrete Jungles

Along Bow Road A woman in a niqab bends down to look at a purple allium growing in a grass verge.  She takes a picture of it with her smartphone camera, pausing to line it up…  This was one vision… Continue Reading →

Walking, meditating and talking: The way to Joss Bay

Walking and thinking ‘In non-Western cultures, the ideas of footfall as knowledge and walking as thinking are widespread…’ writes Robert MacFarlane in his atmospheric and fascinating book The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot.  Walking is so often linked to… Continue Reading →

Walking through woods and searching for fungi in Burgundy. It’s enchanting!

Why a post about mushrooms and toadstools? It was one of those moments where one idea lead to another.  Earlier in the week I came across the art challenge #artsydoodlesmarch hosted by @myartsybujo.   The drawing idea for March 5 was… Continue Reading →

La Fête de L’Ours

Festival of the Bear:  Where and Why? ‘La Fête de l’Ours’ is one of my favourite festivals in France, though I have only ever been there as a sofa-traveller!  This festival has also been loved by several of my favourite… Continue Reading →

The ‘Château-Fort’ of Guédelon

At the top of my list of places to visit next time in France, is Guédelon in the Yonne. I last visited this reconstruction of a 13th Century Château fort (or Fortress Castle), in 2009 and it has much progressed… Continue Reading →

Everyone loves a baby panda! (Well, almost…)

A New Panda! I have been known as “Amanda Panda”.  My son once whispered theatrically to his teacher that this was my name…  She found it hilarious.  However, I’m actually blogging about these bears because there is a baby giant… Continue Reading →

Favourite French Cheeses (found here in the UK too!)

Happy New Year! Following on from when I last wrote on the topic of Christmas, all the best wishes for the New Year!  Hopefully, it will be calm, peaceful and fruitful (whether in terms of finances, relationships or knowledge gained). … Continue Reading →

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