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.

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Sunday 19 August 2012

hot, cherwell, ash, biztro

Wow, it's hot!

I'm looking at this pic--taken in the Oxford University Parks on Friday--rather wistfully. It was cooler then and now the sight of the River Cherwell makes me want to go for a dip.

Cycled earlier, after having cleared the ash out of the grate and stowed the fire guard (usually do this at the start of the summer but it's only a couple of weeks since we last had a log fire). Meanwhile, have just mowed the lawn. Late breakfast on the terrace soon.

Another delicious meal at Bampton's Biztro last night--with J's mum, this time. (For me, smoked mackerel pâté followed by seared tuna salad).

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