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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9765 on: August 25, 2017, 02:27:16 AM »

In other news I did another long walk today. I'm in the Cotswolds, and visited Gloucester and Oxford and walked a 12km walk through Brimscombe, Minchinhampton, Box (yep) and Nailsworth (yep) and a 7km one today, through the woods of Edge (yep).
I really enjoyed the walk through some truly ancient woodland.................

....................For the woods of the Cotswold Way, the sky is only ambient lighting beyond the vaults of old trees, so impossibly high they make you feel smaller than any Cathedral built by man.
They feel alive, and you're not walking through them, like in the bush, but inside of them. As you go deeper, you wonder whether man or beast made the tunnels you crawl through, in the branches of windswept yews and hawthorns bearded with parasitic creepers. And when you stop on your trail on some steep valley's slope and peer down in the speckled shadows of the underbrush, in a moment of vertigo it seems like the forest is starring back at you, coiled in every spot of darkness.
Ripe blackberries tempt you from behind screens of thorns and nettles, and milky white mushrooms poke out of thick moss beds, full of dubious promises. Pitchy soil squishes underfoot, ready to swallow and recycle you into rich loam. Over your shallow breath the fracas made by a nervous squirrel in the canopy becomes that of a furious bear.
All this wakes the fur clad hominid living at the base of your brain. The one who whispers his worries to unhinge your imagination.
He'll remind you that such a forest is where weary travellers were once beset by wolves, where men went hunting only to be speared themselves by tusks or antlers, where soldiers and bandits set ambushes and where killers still come to bury their victims.

This churns in your mind at the same time as pleasure courses through your veins–from the walking, the song of birds, the splashes of sunlight when the curtain rips away and reveals gentle hills and cute cottages. It's like a coin you toss and toss and toss, dark and luminous, pleasant and creepy, till you enter a small clearing, up a last, punishing climb and into rolling pastures to reach your goal : a stunning, open view of the Cotswolds, the Severn a thick silver ribbon cutting fields all shades of green. The sky is marbled by low clouds, hiding the sun.
It could be any time, and if not for the distant sounds of industry and the buzz of the M5, it could be two hundred years ago.
The guidebook says the pasture looks so pockmarked because it carpets an ancient Roman fort, and previous digs revealed a pot containing about 3,000 coins! The view sure makes it a prime location, now taken by cows and lonesome, brooding walkers.

Thank you for that treat, @Nora. I loved walking with you for a while,  in the deep rich greenness, among so many different trees and with the chance of seeing squirrels.  ;) ;D
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9766 on: August 25, 2017, 02:54:43 AM »
@Nora you should have popped in for coffee.

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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9767 on: August 25, 2017, 04:34:22 AM »
That is Nora suffering withdrawal from the monthly contest ;D
Lovely description!

with the chance of seeing squirrels.  ;) ;D
Yesterday morning when I left my building there was one right in front of me! Usually they're in the trees alng the canal, this poor one must have got lost :-\ but then she ran and found the trees and the way out back into the canal :D
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9768 on: August 25, 2017, 06:57:11 AM »
Is that the grey or red?
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9769 on: August 25, 2017, 08:37:59 AM »
Brownish, I'd say... maybe more grey? Not a ginger, anyway ;D
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9770 on: August 25, 2017, 09:01:10 AM »
I had an incredible time in China. Sorry, I should have said that I was posting photos regularly whilst I was away on Instagram. dominic_keir is my handle if you want to check it out.
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9771 on: August 25, 2017, 06:39:17 PM »
I had an incredible time in China. Sorry, I should have said that I was posting photos regularly whilst I was away on Instagram. dominic_keir is my handle if you want to check it out.
Such great photos, thanks for showing :)

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And you saw the terracotta army!!!
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9772 on: August 28, 2017, 08:00:45 AM »
@Doctor_Chill, are you ok? Has the storm reached your town or are you even further inland?
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9773 on: August 28, 2017, 01:54:15 PM »
@Doctor_Chill, are you ok? Has the storm reached your town or are you even further inland?
 :-\

I'm further inland, though we're expecting flooding here. Rain for the next week. Been going since Friday. Though my girlfriend's family is in Houston and I'm worried about them. Most of mine are farther north than me.
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9774 on: August 29, 2017, 06:22:44 PM »
*whew*

just popping in really quick to say "i still love you guys!"

work is absolutely CRUSHING me right now, and i'm working long days, weekends, all that, for the last month or so.  throw in us selling the house and moving at the same time and i am WAY under water.

luckily, in theory, all this clears up after september.

i'll be back more then.  promise.

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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9775 on: August 30, 2017, 09:58:17 AM »
Well, there's been a nice little development on my end. For months now I've had digestion problems, with no idea what has been causing it. Now I think I may have developed lactose intolerance. I bought some lactose-free dairy products yesterday, and today I feel much better than usual. So while I'm slightly bummed at my food options getting more limited, I'm happy to finally have a solution.
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« Reply #9776 on: August 30, 2017, 08:07:49 PM »
Say, I'd just like to check: Is there anyone else here who would like an electronic ARC of my upcoming book? I'm willing to offer one to anyone who can have a review ready by October 8th.
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« Reply #9777 on: August 31, 2017, 09:59:25 AM »
@Arry

Time for "what books did you read this month" topic.
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« Reply #9778 on: August 31, 2017, 10:16:26 AM »
@Arry

Time for "what books did you read this month" topic.
Maybe we should promote you to the carer of this tradition and creator of those topics. ;)
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #9779 on: August 31, 2017, 10:34:24 AM »
@Arry

Time for "what books did you read this month" topic.
Maybe we should promote you to the carer of this tradition and creator of those topics. ;)
I think he's happy with the position of 'reminder' - much less work ;) ;D


By the way, @xiagan, a couple of weeks ago I read in the news that a german supermarket did a campaign against racism where they removed all products with foreign origin, and then put some signs commenting how empty the shelves were, and how everybody loses because of racism.
Was it yours, or one of the big ones?
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