Tag Archives: Nature & Wildlife

Of Blogging Blues And Otters

Today, the view from the Summerhouse is grey and wet.   Yet I am heartened at signs of spring bulbs rising from winter’s slumber with fresh, green shoots.  Soon, the view will be awash with colour. As I work on the … Continue reading

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It Is What It Is: Goodbye Darling Dad

Hello dear friends, When I signed off here three months ago, I hoped to return in September with good news about my memoir writing progress, but in early July I got a call from my uncle telling me my dad … Continue reading

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Window On A Train

I gaze through the train window looking for my fox, but so far, it is nowhere to be seen. I put down my book, wanting only to soak up the beauty of the English countryside as it zooms past my … Continue reading

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Write Dance Believe

Before I dared to call myself a writer, before I could ever imagine seeing even a single word of mine in print, before I knew what a blog was, I read this: ‘When your life’s seasons, assignments or relationships change, … Continue reading

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A Field of Sheep For A Happy New Year

Only seven days into 2016, not too late I hope to wish you all a Happy New Year!  I’m a straggler, always it seems… Bogged down with other, behind-blog ‘stuff’ at the moment and finding it pretty impossible to get … Continue reading

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In The Presence Of A Hedgehog

George Washington Carver was an African-American botanist born into slavery somewhere around 1864 (the exact date of his birth is unknown).   He went on to receive many honours for his work, which ultimately helped teach poor, farming families how to … Continue reading

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Jewel Of A Surprise – 99 Word Flash Fiction

What moves one person may not move the other.   It’s all about perspective. This week for the Flash Fiction prompt over at Carrot Ranch, Charli ask us this: ‘In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that … Continue reading

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In The Joy And Memorial For A Friend

I tried, but I cannot write another thing until this man who meant so much to me is heard:  a man called John who has left this earth for a better place but who gave my heart a safe place … Continue reading

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A Walk With Swans

Somewhere along the Jurassic Coastline of Dorset lies a shallow, salty body of water called Fleet Lagoon. Sheltered by Lyme Bay at Chesil Beach, it provides an ideal nesting ground for the world’s only managed colony of Mute Swans. In … Continue reading

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A Spider Bite And A Flash Fiction

The fear of public speaking is stronger than the fear of death itself, ‘they’ say, but in my research for this post I discovered something very interesting: according to an online article which cited the results of a recent survey … Continue reading

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