Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

Welcome to jtns, which I've been writing since 2010. Most of its 600 plus posts are about day to day things - highlights from the previous week, books read, places visited - together with photos of what I've seen. There are some posts, though, that deal with a difficult subject - obsessional emotional and economic abuse that went on for several decades and that came to a head in autumn 2010. Writing jtns became in part a way of coping with the consequences of what happened and exploring them openly. This aspect of the blog is discussed in JTNS, An Introduction and Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story. Now that the pain of the past years is easing (after many false dawns, when I thought it had finally passed), the frequency of the posts is lessening and in 2020, when jtns will be ten years old, they will stop. I hope that you enjoy the photos and reading the happier posts (the majority) and take a little from them. Frank, October 2018

Sunday, 3 February 2013

moon, crows and snowdrops, ribs, a conscious englishman, edward thomas, publishing my edward thomas




















Yesterday, the sun shone and the countryside round Bampton really cheered up.

Beside the spire of St Peter and St Paul's, Broadwell, the moon was still out at 8 o'clock in the morning and crows flew in front of it (spot the moon and crows!) and there were snowdrops in the churchyard.

Today, the fields were stark, the trees and hedges so obviously picked clean, the gate in the picture, almost hidden in summer by foliage, now laid bare like ribs on a carcass.

Meanwhile, the official publication of A Conscious Englishman by Margaret Keeping nears--Thursday 7th February.

As readers of this blog will know, the novel is about the last years of World War I poet Edward Thomas' life. It's a terrific read. And you can find a huge amount of extra information about the poet at the author's excellent blog, Publishing my Edward Thomas.

Today, appropriately, given the weather, is a quiet day, catching up on sleep and rest after a hectic week.

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