CHAOS TO COSMOSThe path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Thursday, 31 December 2020

2020 a year in review

Robin Stott / Shaldon across Teignmouth Harbour

On Saturday 4 January we went to Teignmouth and walked around the village and green at Shaldon, surrounded by some of the most charming Georgian houses. Wouldn't want to live there as it must seem choked by tourists in summer. It wasn't easy to park, even in the depths of winter, although the streets were fairly quiet, except the man going round collecting used real Christmas trees to recycle. 

Baklawa Selection at Comptoir Libanais (Exeter)

Saturday 18 JanuaryExeter: Went to Guildhall Shopping Centre for lunch at Comptoir Libanais before going to IKEA Exeter and Currys PC World. This will be because my laptop battery had stopped taking charge and I had to buy a new one. Laptop, not battery, as the laptop was one that you can’t take out and change battery. So is the new one. Now I understand the right to repair movement

Salisbury Cathedral

Saturday 22 AugustTook a walk around Salisbury, carefully avoiding people, not touching anything, not going inside any shops, not even joining any outdoor queues for ice cream and even waiting until I got home to use the loo.

Cromer beach where even the seagulls are social distancing

From 5-12 September we went to Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Essex. Staying in Long Sutton, we visited places in and around Sutton Bridge, NorwichDerehamCromer and Great Dunmow. We'd chosen to stay in an out-of-the-way converted barn, which meant we didn't come into contact with any humans. Had the groceries delivered and ate at home as much as possible and mostly outside when we couldn't. On the handful of occasions I had to go inside anywhere, I wore a mask, avoided touching anything and kept my distance from humans entirely. 

A beach in Keyhaven looking across to Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight

Friday 25 December – A walk on the beach. Was meant to be Benalmádena, which we'd booked for Christmas, but had to cancel. So, instead it was Keyhaven. Walked about 50 yards and that was enough. Spoke to a dog out on its walk.

The extent of my travels in 2020

Google Timeline confirmed that these are my only five outings this year, not counting moving house (didn't get out of the car, except at each end); two other times, one in May and one in October, again when I didn't even get out of the car and a couple of quick visits to local shops right back at the very beginning of the year. Oh how things have changed since then. Still better than dead. Just.

Friday, 25 December 2020

Christmas 2020

Of course Noah knew which parcel was his and his brother's!

Spent Christmas morning watching Garfield.

Fa la la la llama tree

Christmas Day walk on a beach at Keyhaven

Monday, 23 November 2020

Tell your story

“Tell your story. 
Shout it. Write it. 
Whisper it if you have to. 
But tell it. 
Some won't understand it. 
Some will outright reject it. 
But many will thank you for it. 
And then the most 
magical thing will happen. 
One by one, voices will start 
whispering, 'Me, too.' 
And your tribe will gather. 
And you will never 
feel alone again.” 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Escape to Salisbury

Choristers Green, Salisbury, showing Mompesson House

Leaving the house is such an event these days. This was the first time - other than walks round the block and one other journey when I didn't even get out of the car - since March. But as 'him indoors' had an appointment in Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, I thought I'd go along for the ride and have a wander around while I waited, for less than an hour, carefully avoiding people entirely.

Of course, this is something that only works in Britain on days when the weather behaves. Saved so much money by not popping into shops 'just for a look' and even more in calories by resisting temptation on the basis that I didn't want to go in anywhere to purchase food or drink, especially on such a short outing.

The medieval Crane bridge over the River Avon

Beside the River Avon

When you find an empty park bench, nobody sits beside you these days. Bonus!

Salisbury Cathederal

The cathederal was closing by the time I got there anyway, not that I'd wanted to go in, but that meant less people around. There was art to look at outside too.

Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour Exhibition 

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Christmas 2019

Noah decided to pick out and start unwrapping his own presents

More ritual Christmas Jumper humiliation
A plump pudding

Sunday, 7 July 2019


West Looe

West Looe

Looe from the bridge

Looking inland from the bridge at Looe

Bridge at Looe

Cornish crab sandwich in Looe


Get your sea shanty here!

Polperro impossibly picturesque, despite the typical weather.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Syros Carnival 2019

Συριανό Καρναβάλι 2019 - Syros Carnival 2019

Putting this on the bucket list for a future year: Carnival in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros in the Cyclades, Greece. Syros Carnival is a three-day-event with festivities on the Saturday night - the traditional Zeibekia (masquerade) custom in Markos Vamvakaris Square - in Ano Syros, a procession along the harbour front on the Sunday afternoon that culminates in dancing in Miaoulis Square, with a Latin party on the Protopapadaki pedestrian street and, on Καθαρή Δευτέρα (Ash Monday or Clean Monday), the customs of Koulouma with kite flying in the countryside and particularly in Gallissas village.

The dates of Clean Monday in Greece tell us when this carnival takes place.

Photos and videos from Syros Carnival 2019

Syros also features in The 8 Best Greek Destinations to Celebrate Easter, as it is perhaps the only place in the world where Catholics celebrate Easter with the Orthodox in all the churches of the island. I really like that idea.

Rail-Ex Taunton 2018

A few details from Rail-Ex Taunton 2018 on 28 October 2018