Monthly Archives: June 2016

FUBAR*. What next?

What an extraordinary week this has been.  Both on a personal and, far far more importantly, on a national (and international) level. (For the avoidance of doubt, the images below have little to do with the text, but I figure … Continue reading

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The morning after the night before

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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The poetry party revisited: Kin, by Deborah Harvey

The previous day I had managed to find and organise a date for us cousins to have our annual gathering – not until the autumn, but better late than not. I was sitting finishing off the last knitting on the … Continue reading

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The shawl

Well, I’m no shrinking violet when it comes to achievements, and this is one I’m very pleased with so I’m giving it a whole post of its own.  I think it deserves one. The first time I knitted this shawl … Continue reading

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The Gap Year: May’s adventure

There were three adventures this month, one of which didn’t happen and two of which I fear you’re going to think are really pathetic, not much of an adventure at all.  But both felt like adventures to me, and that’s what … Continue reading

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April and May: allotment update

Well as expected, two very busy months out there.  But it is all looking very good, and despite a few fails (peas, mangetout, rows of lovely salad seedlings trashed by ??something…) I’m pleased with how its going so far. I spent … Continue reading

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100 years on: Verdun (City of Peace)

Last summer we did something we’ve often talked about on our way to the Black Forest but never before done.  We stopped for a couple of nights along the way near Verdun, to find out more about the First World … Continue reading

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