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.

Saturday 18 August 2012

bark (birch?), parks, cycling, oppressive, oers

Took these shots of tree bark in the Oxford University Parks yesterday. Loved the colours and patterns. Assume the tree is some sort of birch, though you can never be sure of what you're looking at in the Parks. Could be an exotic, completely unrelated to birch.

Great cycle earlier. Still nice and cool then, although it's beginning to hot up now. Don't think we'll reach the 30C that's promised for some parts of the UK in west Oxfordshire but you never know. Actually hope the temperature doesn't get that high because you can already feel the oppressive humidity--also promised.

Now about to get on with the rest of the OER research mentioned last week that I didn't finish...

Looking forward to a more relaxing day tomorrow.

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