Category Archives: Rural

Preserving Memories

Enlisted the help of some younger family members to gather blackberries at the weekend. I had gathered a trayful of fallen apples and thought blackberry and apple jelly would be a great recipe to use them up. Having convinced the … 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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I’ve received a couple of windfalls in the past week. No, not a win on the lottery but windfalls in their original form, windfall fruits. A friend whose house was built in a former orchard has a glut of apples. … Continue reading

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Guided tour?

Much as we enjoy taking things at our own pace there is something to be said for taking a guided tour whether it be of a country house, a familiar townscape or a nature reserve. However well we think we … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day already and a sunny but chill day with a strong wind. I wasn’t in Oxford to hear the choir sing in May Day at 6 am but I did get to see the village celebration. Both the garland … Continue reading

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Simple Pleasures

Autumn might mean we are approaching winter but I love it for itself. It is as if it cheers us up before the worst that winter can throw at us by going out in a blaze of glory. From the … Continue reading

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Transport for Writers

Travelling by bus and train rather than by car during the past week has brought home how beneficial such transport can be to the writer. Apart from the obvious vantage point afforded by the view from a bus or train … Continue reading

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Willows are a staple of our waterways with graceful weeping willows shading banks with their flowing “locks” and their pollarded cousins standing alongside smaller streams and ditches, often resembling living sculptures where man has shaped them or nature has split … Continue reading

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A-Z Blog Challenge 2013 P is for Pigs

Of all the domesticated animals in the UK the pig seems to be the most popular. People collect pig ornaments, there are nursery rhymes about pigs and everyone is familiar with the saying that you can use every bit of … Continue reading

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Domesday Twentieth century style

The Domesday Survey of 1086 instigated by Williams the Conqueror is a great resource for people studying their locality in England. Although not all areas are covered, if the settlement existed and was surveyed you get a snapshot of life … Continue reading

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