Today’s Pictures: 17 July 20

It's always fascinated me how tenacious life can be. This tree appears to be rooted entirely in rock, yet it must be getting its nutrition and water from somewhere else! All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature at the moment. With this series, I’m trying to brighten …

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Today’s Pictures: 16 July 20

An old hut in the forest. What might go on in there? All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature at the moment. With this series, I’m trying to brighten their days by posting pictures of natural beauty. Porlock on the Dorset coast. Taken May 2013. If you …

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Today’s Pictures: 15 July 20

Sunlight on the bridge. Everywhere in our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. One of the Tiger Lilies currently blooming in our garden. I know some visitors love the pics of flowers. …

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Today’s Pictures: 14 July 20

Looking down from one of our favourite paths through the Forest of Dean. Everywhere in our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. Looking back to the mainland from the Worm's Head in …

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Today’s Pictures: 13 July 20

Canoeists on the River Wye, which flows past the end of the village. All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. Gayle Beck near Hawes. Taken July 2018. If you get …

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Perils of the Pantster.

My desk during editing. If you write by the seat of your pants, you’re a pantster, as opposed to those who write a story from a structured plan; they’re plotters. Both methods have upsides and downsides, and both have devotees, some of whom can be unnecessarily scathing of those in the opposite camp. I’ve been …

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Today’s Pictures: 12 July 20

Into a new part of the forest. Worth the effort. All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. Today was expected to be a short walk, since we’ve both been a …

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Today’s Pictures: 11 July 20

A pair of trees stand as guardians either side of a footpath that runs along the hill above the valley where the village lies. All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural …

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The Fisherman and His Soul, by Oscar Wilde: #BookReview.

I read this short story by the famous playwright in the hope it would prove a better read than his ‘The Birthday of the Infanta’. My hope was based on ‘The Sphinx Without a Secret’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, this moral tale is similar to the ‘Infanta’, in …

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Finding the Write #Words? Last in the Series.

Some of the books on the list. Each week since October 2019 I’ve been posting ‘reviews’ of books on my shelves that deal with the English language, its use, and the opportunities to find and employ different words to express yourself in speech and/or writing. The complete list of books is listed below with link …

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Today’s Pictures: 10 July 20

A small waterfall in the hill forests on the Greek Island of Thassos. Taken July 2015 All over our wonderful world there are people who can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. From Pan Tod Beacon, looking toward the …

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Today’s Pictures: 9 July 20

Track leading down into the valley. People all over our wonderful world can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. The Mediterranean shore at Pefkos on the Greek island of Rhodes. Taken October 2017. If you get pleasure from this, …

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Today’s Pictures: 8 July 20

Sunshine on one of our regular walks. It's hard to believe that trains ran along here as late as the 1960s. People all over our wonderful world can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. Today, we have dull skies …

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Today’s Pictures: 7 July 20

A fishing pond in the Forest of Dean People all over our wonderful world can’t get out and enjoy nature just now. Here, I’m trying to brighten the days for them by posting pictures of natural beauty. The path leading up to the Penshaw Monument in County Durham. Taken September 2014 If you get pleasure …

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The Birthday of the Infanta, by Oscar Wilde: #BookReview.

Very definitely a story of its time. It’s intended for children, but I seriously doubt many modern kids would read this. There are moral lessons buried here, but they are largely lost in the unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the riches of the royal family featured. Some of these are effectively lists of luxury items and …

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