Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bramble wine and telegrams

There’s a picture in my mind. It’s a brown, portrait photograph, in pride of place in the twilit cottage room. It is of a soldier killed in the 1914-1918 war. Formal pictures like these were a familiar sight in my … Continue reading

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Springtime and Silence

The gate to the two great fields was shut. It is supported by a sturdy post on one side and by undergrowth and brambles on the other, just beginning to sprout. I looked out over the hundreds of vegetable acres … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and Thistles

The verge of the bypass has been mown and the hedges of the side roads trimmed. The grass mower was set too high to sever a dwarf thistle, slightly bigger than a side plate, and as flat. This wayside plant … Continue reading

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Seaweed and Mistletoe

We put the shopping away, ready to drive home. The sun was shining and the car had an away-on-holiday warmth and smell. Through the windscreen the sky was without a cloud, as blue as when you know that beyond the … Continue reading

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Time Past 8

September 8, 2003 (From my journal) I’ve said I’ll write what comes to me. It has to be uncritical or there will be nothing. I feel nevertheless that I have something to say. Since I last wrote I have had … Continue reading

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Memories and Marsh Marigolds

Memory involves more than souvenirs but souvenirs do trigger memories. But what to do with souvenirs?  When does a souvenir become an artefact: evidence?  Today I’ve been sorting through some old box files. ‘Get better soon.’ ‘We’re all praying for … Continue reading

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