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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.

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Saturday 30 June 2012

runners, wigwams, rain, cycling, aclaiir, lie-in

Intended to dig over the patch on the allotment where the runner bean wigwams are to go--runner plants are waiting in pots at the top of the garden. But before I'd finished my cup of tea it was pouring with rain.

Went out on the bike instead and hope to be able to get onto the allotment tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the online course comes to an end this weekend and diploma marking is arriving.

The ACLAIIR meeting yesterday at the Taylor was terrific. Lovely to see colleagues, meet new people, listen to the seminars and attend the AGM.

Meanwhile, the countryside is looking pretty healthy (including the mallow beside Clanfield to Bampton road above), although I think the corn seems late this year (lower pic of wheat off Calcroft Lane).

Looking forward to a lie-in tomorrow.

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