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 25 May 2013

out cycling again, bluebells, whitsun, mild, the national

Out cycling for a bit this morning. Beautiful morning but I'm still getting over the miserable cough and cold that's been around all week.

Saw this patch of bluebells on my way along the Buckland Road to the Isle of Wight Bridge and the Great Brook.

This weekend it's all Whitsun Morris Dancing and folk music in the pubs in Bampton. Delighted to see the excellent Green King mild on, as usual at Whitsun, at the Horseshoe. Mild is a rare but excellent beer.

Meanwhile, downloaded Trouble Will Find Me by the National when it came out on Monday. Terrific. Instant favourite.

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