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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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Wednesday 17 July 2013

compasses lower chicksgrove, beckford arms, oats wheat and barley, peaceful wiltshire

Spent three excellent days staying at the Compasses, Lower Chicksgrove, in deepest Wiltshire. With its flagstoned floor and timbered, cool dark interior, it's a timeless place. The food this year was the best ever.

Lovely walk on Monday to the Beckford Arms at Fonthill. Photos of oats, wheat and barley seen along the way above. Also, in the barley pic, is a strip of a yellow-flowered crop that isn't oilseed rape. Mustard? Whatever it was, it seemed planted as game cover rather than for harvesting.

This part of Wiltshire is incredibly peaceful and reviving.
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1 comment:

  1. That looks more desirable to me than the 41c we are currently experiencing here in Trausse. But I did just hear and fleetingly see a Golden Oriole.