Author Archives: Ann Williams

Christmas Trees

I much prefer a real Christmas tree and last year bought a pot-grown one which has done well throughout the year, with new buds appearing at the tips of most branches. Will bring it in nearer to Christmas as do … Continue reading

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Sourcing the Yarn

Craft items requested for a Christmas Fair and stocks of small knitted items, my usual contribution, were low. Supplies of oddments of wool had diminished, too, so a trawl of the local charity shops seemed in order. A few years … Continue reading

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White Christmas

White Christmas – no not the song from Holiday Inn constantly relayed through speakers at this time of year nor the odds for a sprinkle of snow on December 25th – this was the theme for a demonstration of Floral … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

The garden and other commitments have put updating this blog on hold for a while but I have found time to get out and about recording signs of spring. Of course, in many ways we have had had spring for … Continue reading

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Days, weeks, months, years

With Easter so early this year the shops are struggling to keep up with changing their seasonal displays from Valentine’s Day to Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day if you must) to Easter. These shots taken in Oxford Market on Monday show … Continue reading

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Spring – The Promise of Things to come

March 1st, St David’s Day and officially the first day of spring in meteorological terms. Generally this has been a day for judging how harsh a winter we have had in our garden. Always touch and go whether there would … Continue reading

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Valentines and Names

Valentine’s Day, the day when traditionally birds were supposed to pair up, anonymous cards are sent and, according to an email I received earlier this week, gardens and estates in Devon and Cornwall count species in flower to see how … Continue reading

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Board Games

Yesterday I was able to visit the small exhibition of board games on display at the Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Since this new extension opened there have been many small exhibitions, including one to celebrate … Continue reading

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Start at the very beginning

I was once told to always try to include a spot of red in a photo for interest and for years my red walking socks provided this element of our holiday photos as we explored the great outdoors. The latest … Continue reading

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Diaries and Journals

How often in a crime drama or novel the detective seeks out the diary of the victim and from it deduces all sorts of information. Like many people I do keep a diary but the only clues to future readers … Continue reading

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