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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. […]

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Newsletter Writing

My first Newsletter: Orwell, Oregon and more.

Recent goings-on. Starting a newsletter during a health emergency seems frivolous somehow. But even in quarantine life goes on. So I sit in the garden, drinking in pale afternoon sunshine while April birdsong fills the air. Also the next door neighbour’s lawnmower fills the air. Fiction I am on a laptop writing a sequel to […]

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Michael’s Advice.

The most valuable piece of advice anyone ever gave me came from a nurse called Michael in psychiatric hospital. He wore tinted glasses and had a loud, biblical voice. At that time I had been ill with M.E for more than a decade, and it had made me acutely depressed. He said all of us […]

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Some Meandering Thoughts on Michaelmas

It’s Michaelmas today (September 29th), traditionally marking the end of harvest. At this time the number of animals kept over winter (and fodder needed to feed them) was worked out. It is also a day associated with the beginning of autumn. It is with a touch of melancholy I must report, that, as I type […]