Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

New blog: morethoughtsnstuff.com.

Sunday 8 April 2012

allotment, easter, blackthorn; and then something really unexpected happens

Easter. Holiday. So pleased to have the week off.

Weather forecast isn't good, though.

Meanwhile, today was the first time I've managed to get up to the allotment this year, apart from taking peelings to the compost heap. I managed to fork through a couple of yards of the first strip. The soil is shaking out beautifully but I was aware that I'm unlikely to be up there again until next weekend because of the rain. Still , as Des said, the land needs rain.

Looking forward to relaxing and doing not much at all, therefore. Already feeling tons better than on Thursday.

Have redesigned frankegerton.com. Comments welcome.

Happy Easter!!

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