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A Local Mystery

Recently a large brass key missing almost 50 years was returned anonymously to St Leonard’s Tower in West Malling. There is uncertainty as to why this enigmatic 900-year-old stone fortress was built, but it remains an imposing presence. I took a few photos whilst out on my travels recently. (Link to news story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-55243080)

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Cape Misfortune Newsletter

Pennsylvanian Folklore

October 2020 Newsletter. 1 Recent goings on. Hello. It’s late October. It’s dark. It’s raining. I am sitting in the conservatory. My next book, the second in the “Cape Misfortune” trilogy, is very nearly finished. 2. For the dreamers. Advice on writing from Bob Dylan. “Once a month, write a poem in blood. Use your […]

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Teachable moments this Summer

1 Recent goings on. Wishing you a healthy and happy August! I’m writing this while staying in an East Sussex house that adjoins a farm. The sun is bathing the fields in light and warmth. Newly-shorn sheep and lambs are contentedly grazing and bleating at each other. There is a timeless quality.It reminds me of […]

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The White Beach

The White Beach, oil on canvas, 2020. Dreaming of the“Spaggio Bianco” [White Beach] on Lipari,, an island off the coast of Sicily.

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July – keeping it real.

Recent goings on. Hello! July is happening. When the sun comes out I’ve been mostly hanging around in the countryside. The villages are pretty, the wheat fields are full of life. The landscapes are all familiar – but we are living in a very different country now.I grew up in an army family. We once […]

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Bumblebees and Barroom Tales

 1. Recent goings on. Hello! So, June 2020. Currently Covid-19 is slowing in the UK, which gives us a little hope. In the absence of a vaccine it’s frightening to think of a future where we can’t physically touch anyone who isn’t isolating with us. I am two weeks into an online mindfulness course I am […]

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Woodlands and Daily Rituals

So, May 2020. 1 Hello! ‘Shinrin Yoku’ is a Japanese noun which means, ‘A visit to a forest for relaxation’. It originated in the 1980’s as a reaction to urbanization and disconnection from the land. I vote we add it to English!  I’ve been leaving the house and experiencing the socially-distanced paradise of walking amongst trees. […]