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I spent a few days in the New Forest National Park area of Hampshire, staying in a cottage in the charming town of Brockenhurst. Throughout this region, the ancient practice of commoning still takes place. Farmers are allowed to let their livestock roam free and graze on common land. Just outside our cottage was a green space where we saw cattle, horses and donkeys every day.

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I enjoyed one of the best cream teas of the whole trip at Rosie Lea Tea Room. The scone was tender and delicious, and the service was exceptional.

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We spent one day in Lyndhurst – a short bus ride away – which is another charming town, filled with interesting shops and a perfectly old-fashioned candy shop.

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Lyndhurst is home to Saint Michael and All Angels Church. Built in the 1860s and designed by William White, it is an exquisite Arts and Crafts building with a beautiful fresco by Lord Frederick Leighton and windows designed by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Charles Kempe. The grave of Alice Liddel can be found in the yard.

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Walking in the New Forest was the highlight of this part of the journey. Perfect calm, delicious air, horses and cattle, and a lovely pub lunch. I found an excellent map at the post office in Brockenhurst, pinpointed the nearest pub, and started walking. Trail markers kept me from getting lost.

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My usual: cheese and chutney sandwich and a half pint of Guinness!

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On Wednesday I flew from Victoria BC to London England. I am still having a hard time believing I am here, and, I can now say that I understand what jet lag is.

We spent our first two nights at a lovely b ‘n b in Hammersmith (Greater London) called The Upper Studio. Our hosts Victoria and Edmund could not have been more kind or attentive. Edmund provided lots of local knowledge (for example, the homes across the street from theirs were built by Queen Anne for her ladies in waiting), was generous with advice and directions, and treated us to fresh croissants from the local patisserie each morning. We had a wonderful stay, and look forward to spending three more nights there at the end of our trip.

Yesterday we packed in a lot of roaming around. In the morning we gathered provisions for the week ahead, then had a lovely walk along the Thames (visiting the home of William Morris, Kelmscott House), and ended with fish ‘n chips from a place called Kerbisher & Malt.

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A beautiful sun rise greeted us on our first full day in England, and the ringing bell on the school in the distance was a morning treat!

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We turned right at Hammersmith Bridge for a lovely walk along the Thames.

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We passed beautiful green spaces…

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… sweet pubs like The Black Lion…

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… and The Dove.

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We walked past gorgeous architecture…

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… gazed up at countless chimney pots…

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… trod on many cobbles…

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… and spied many well-loved private gardens.

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Yum, yum, yum!

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The day ended with a perfect sunset!

Today it was onto Chipping Campden…

For our first full week, we will be in the lovely market town of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.

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Yellow will be the colour featured in this week’s work, as I attempt to capture the delicate beauty of the honey-coloured limestone buildings. A hub for the arts and crafts movement, Chipping Campden is also the start of the Cotswold Way walking trail. We will take full advantage of that, visiting small towns and historical attractions, and seeking out all the tea rooms!

Day trips may include Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Sezincote House and Gardens near Moreton-in-Marsh.

Our accommodation for this week will be the first of three cottages we will enjoy on this adventure. More on that in posts from September 28–October 4.

I’m planning something big for the autumn and I couldn’t be more excited. This adventure will involve a lot of walking and so much drinking of tea. To prepare I am walking – taking little mini-adventures through the beautiful spring days in Victoria BC.

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Back in March I walked about 12 kilometres to Oak Bay and Fairfield. I collected our friend Annie along the way and we made a few stops in Oak Bay before ending up at Abkhazi Garden for tea. We enjoyed a delicious repast in the teahouse, seated in the window overlooking the garden.

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The garden was not quite at its peak of colour and vibrancy, but still beautiful. We enjoyed walking along the winding paths and meeting a feline visitor.

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Abkhazi Garden is owned and managed by The Land Conservancy (TLC). Read the story of “the garden that love built” here. Check out the teahouse here.

We love our neighbourhood and the fact that it is filled with other artists. So, we thought we should share our experience with visitors from around the world. Check out our website avantcrossingguard.com or go straight to tickets at our online store.

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For our walk last week, we were treated to a lovely stormy day. In spite of all the clouds, the day remained quite dry – it was wonderful weather for walking, and very dramatic.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

More blue sky peeking through.

More blue sky peeking through.

On Dallas Road looking towards Metchosin.

On Dallas Road looking toward Metchosin.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

Took a gorgeous walk through the fog and mist on Wednesday; unusual weather for the middle of August. For me, Victoria is at its most magical in the fog.

View towards Fisherman's Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

View towards Fisherman’s Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

 

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.