Inanimate Objects, Again!

On Tuesday I wrote a short tale of woe about my Mac that deprived me of the means to work over the weekend, and also lost me some photographs. I could pretend someone, somewhere, has it in for me, but I recognise the random nature of such events and feel no personal threat from the …

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2018!

Just taking time out to wish all my friends, readers, followers, and visitors a very happy new year. I generally make only one resolution each year: to not make any resolutions. (Don't you just love a paradox?) But this time, I'm determined to keep a positive outlook and try very hard to share only those …

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A Taste of Village Life

    Monday; the weekend over, a new week starting. Here, in Lydbrook, we’d had a pretty busy few days and were missing our usual walks in the Forest of Dean. The sky, alternately threatening and promising, made us wonder about our best option. The village has two very good, and reasonably-priced, pubs that serve …

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A Sunday Walk in the Forest

A few days ago, Valerie and I took a ‘quick’ walk following a tough stint in the garden. No surprise that, as we walked one of the tracks we favour, we impulsively decided it was time to explore a faint track we’d noticed a few times previously. Track? It was more like a scramble up …

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A Day for Celebration

Today marks 2 years in our new home in the Forest of Dean. The move away from East Yorkshire, family and friends, was planned and chosen, but none the easier for that. But it was the right time and, we hoped, the right place. Somewhere to settle for our retirement. A place where we could …

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A Walk in the Autumn Forest

Let’s face it, the past few days, weeks and months have been pretty traumatic. In UK, the unresolved Brexit situation lingers. Devastating earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes, have caused destruction worldwide. And a new President Elect threatens changes of real consequence to more than just the USA. So it’s been a pretty torrid time. Hope’s depressed, …

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Disorganisation, Distractions, Discipline and Desire.

Some work best in disorder, with apparent chaos ruling. Some need order, pattern and habit to produce their best. I belong to the ‘clear desk’ brigade. Not from any notion that chaos is generally undesirable or disruptive, but because my memory isn’t good enough to cope with the randomness of a disorganised way of living. …

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A Moving Experience

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/BA63793 This platform is still very new to me; still learning the ropes (a campanology reference for those who don't know), so please bear with me (a term gathered from the midwifes). At present, my wife and I are undergoing the stressful and frustrating business of moving house. It seems that every time we take …

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