Posts Tagged ‘I SPY’

I SPY in the country has become my most entrusted creative companion. For the past month I haven’t left the house without it, and my knowledge of the countryside around Oxfordshire and Berkshire has genuinely broadened through organising interviews and visits connected with investigating all the items contained within its beautiful, vintage pages. I was […]

Discovering a love for snow

Looking at all the beautiful photos of snow on other people’s blogs of late, I have been feeling a little ashamed of my own comparitively negative response. You see I have not until today, been especially enjoying the snow. I have not been able to muster up the enthusiasm to create an amazing snowman or […]


Today’s proposed walk was not as extensive as I had planned since I was feeling domestic rather than intrepid and I have two knitting projects that I just can’t put down at the moment! Additionally my bedsit is enjoying a period of relative order, which means that I like being in it. In other happy, […]

The A4074 walking project

When a traveler asked Wordswoth’s servant to show him her master’s study, she answered, “Here is his library, but his study is out of doors.” – Walking, a lecture by Henry David Thoreau I am reading many good books and I thought I should share them here. Thoreau’s Walking has some important ideas in it. […]

I SPY Oyster mushrooms

Yesterday morning, walking near Nuney Green, I SPIED some Oyster mushrooms, growing on a branch! According to my vintage I SPY book, in August 1962 this fungus was also spied in Cranwell. The emphasis in the I SPY book on Oyster mushrooms having a distinctly grey or black top left me feeling slightly doubtful about […]


Does anyone else remember the old I SPY books? I have recently taken to collecting old I SPY books via ebay and I must confess to having become mildly obsessed. There are several reasons for this. I SPY books are immensely well-designed objects. The clear instructions, unfussy typefaces and excellent illustrations are genuinely useful for […]

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