Bathing in Trees

I believe the Japanese have given a walk in the forest the meaningful term of “forest bathing.” As we’ve always had dogs, for the last 30 years I’ve walked, strolled, and, when I feel particularly energetic, even run through our local forest, up to the open fields about 2 or 3 times a day. Now …

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Rocmadour revisited.

It’s 26 years since we visited Rocamadour,  so for my birthday treat we had a grand day out in April. When it normally rains that day, the sun shone on me for once! Photographs don’t give it justice, it’s a stunning place.  Climbing the clock tower and out on to the promontory,  gazing  out at…

Remembrance of things past.

As a seasonal theme, that of Hallowe’en and the Day of the Dead, the BBC broadcast a programme called Ghost Stories from Theatreland, narrated by the actor Jack Shepherd. He started by telling us about a ghost in the Palace Theatre Westcliff (Southend), my ears pricked up, for this was the first theatre I worked…