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.

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Sunday 28 February 2016

cross-country, clanfield tavern, marston's el dorado, late afternoon sun

Walked cross-country to Clanfield this afternoon.

Had a delicious pint of Marston's El Dorado single hop craft beer at the Clanfield Tavern. The El Dorado hop comes from the US and gives the beer an apricoty flavour. Reminded me of a beer I had in San Franciso once. The beer is one of a number of Marston's Single Hop cask ales.

When we walked to Clanfield the weather was dull and wintry but on the way back the late afternoon sun lit up the landscape with sharpness and vibrancy.

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