Category Archives: Nostalgia

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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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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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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Charity Shop Book Finds

Recent donations of books to charity shops are an attempt to cull the shelves, not so much to declutter as to find shelf space for a growing collection of reference books sourced from these very stores. With more than a … Continue reading

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Exploring Heritage in Oxford

Whether writing fact or fiction writers are always looking for new angles and viewpoints to explore. This weekend all over England there are Heritage Open Days allowing public access to places not generally open or free entry to paying attractions. … Continue reading

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Nostalgia writing and images

It’s easy to forget in these days of digital images just how few photographs people actually took in the past. I sent a Christmas anecdote to a magazine and was contacted for photographs to accompany the piece. At the time … Continue reading

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Still Filling Pages

The challenge to submit filler items on a regular basis during April has already paid dividends with one item published in a monthly craft title, another retained for use next month and a third item resulting in a request for … Continue reading

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Tales from Travels

Delighted to pick up a copy of Cross Country by Peter Ashley in a sale recently. He writes in a very entertaining way about many of the quirky things to be found travelling around England, something I very much enjoy … Continue reading

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Looking Up

Although for obvious reasons it is advisable to look ahead when walking around exploring an area it pays to take time to look up from time to time, and indeed, down. You never know what gems might be overlooked otherwise. … 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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