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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Saturday 23 July 2016

high views, jealous buck brothers, puncture, blackcurrants, exeter summer school

Well, I have enjoyed the walks after travelling in on the new bus in the morning. High views - from a shoulder of Cumnor Hill, if I'm not mistaken.

A perspective on North Hinksey and the city beyond to make the Buck Brothers jealous!

Up early this morning to mend a puncture on the bike before pedalling to the allotment via Mount Owen. An hour or so picking blackcurrants - much of the rest of the crop, with a few more to be picked tomorrow - which are proving to be delicious!

Preparations for the Summer School at Exeter College, which starts with formal dinner in hall tomorrow. Looking forward to meeting the students. A heat-wave lunch at the top of the garden meanwhile, this afternoon.

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