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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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Saturday 27 July 2013

allotment, autumn king, first runners, summer school, narrow stone-walled winds, magic of sunlight

Up on the allotment early. Tidied up the couch paths with the grass hook then weeded and hoed. Fortunately, the hot weather has meant that grass and weeds have grown slowly, so everything is manageable. I also sowed some Autumn King carrots (late, of course, but not much later, proportionately, than any of the other plantings this year) before feeding and watering.

Brought back the first handful of runner beans and masses of courgettes (Italian and green and yellow round).

It's been great to meet the two summer school groups I'm working with at Exeter College. Though it was so hot and humid in Oxford this week. Everyone did very well to keep going! The welcome dinner last Sunday was fun too--great to catch up with colleagues on high table. Pleased that we were let off wearing academic gowns this year because it was so stifling.

Came across these shining leaves in one of the narrow stone-walled winds, or lanes, that run between gardens to the north of us here in Bampton (maple or sycamore?). Not sure that the photo quite does justice to the magical effect of the light through the green, though!

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