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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Tuesday 27 December 2016

newbridge to shifford lock, maybush, war and peace, downton substitute

Walked the Thames from Newbridge to Shifford Lock. A beautiful stroll through mostly broad, broad water meadows and a shortish stretch of riverside copse. Although we've done Shifford Lock from Tadpole Bridge before, this was the first time doing this walk. It was wonderful.

A fine pint at the Maybush afterwards.

Back at home, we had a late lunch, watching the BBC's War and Peace. DVD boxed set, as we don't have a TV and therefore missed this at the start of the year. Usually, of course, we would be watching the Downton boxed set - but this is an excellent substitute!

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