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Most of this blog's 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, 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, 19 May 2013

heavy cold..., moorhens, may landscape, writers greehouse, red nile - robert twigger, margaret keeping, edward thomas

Two pictures taken a couple of weeks ago. Not out and about much this weekend due to heavy cold that's been doing the rounds at the University. Have to say that I felt a lot better today when I got up and imagined myself doing all sorts of things in the garden and allotment. Mowing the lawn and chopping some kindling, though, finished me off.

The family of moorhens were seen on the Oxford Canal opposite the flats where the old Lucy's foundry used to be. On Friday all members of the family were doing well--the five chicks a lot, lot bigger. The view towards the Cotswolds from near the neighbouring village of Lew is a similar one to that posted on 3rd February, which showed a very bleak landscape with picked-clean hedges and trees. The ground is now being cultivated but is still, I would say, pretty bare--for May!

Meanwhile, I realise so late in the day that I failed as a fiend and Facebook friend to Megan Kerr, who was fundraising for a project recently. Spring was so busy that Facebook pretty much passed me by... Do check out her website The Writers Greenhouse, which includes details of her writing courses. (Sorry, Megan...)

Megan is a member of Writers in Oxford and I'm really pleased that a new book on the River Nile by a friend and former member of the group Robert Twigger, is the lead review in Sunday Times Books today. The Sunday Times is, of course, behind the paywall, so here's a link to the page for Red Nile on his publisher's website, Orion. See also, Robert's blog.

As always, do check out, Margaret Keeping's wonderful blog, Publishing my Edward Thomas, which grows and grows as a terrific Edward Thomas resource.

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