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The Influence of Nature

You can tell it is the start of the new school year.  I find myself back here again in front of the computer’s keyboard.   An empty house, void of the resonance of little people (and a larger one!)  Just the occasional moans and groans emitting from an arthritic dog, as he changes position to get […]

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The Great Outdoors

Memories of The Misty Isle

Thanks to some very kind, generous neighbours of ours, we were given the opportunity to visit their lovely little cottage on the Isle of Skye last week. Above all this trip reaffirms one’s faith in the true goodwill that exists in some people. Real kindness.  No expectations of return favours.  Honest, goodwill and nothing more.  […]

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Along Came a Spider or Few Hundred

A couple of months ago my children discovered something amazing in our own back garden.  Baby spiders. They were all in a cluster and suspended just above our table outside. Now although I love spiders, I am anything but an expert in identification or any general knowledge for that matter. All I knew was we […]

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The Great Outdoors

A Walk Along the Glitch

We live on the edge of a forest which covers the slopes leading up to the North Yorkshire Moors.  From taking it easy on sedate, flat trailways, with play areas and organised woodland activities, to exhilarating cycle paths which sidewind down near vertical drops for the more derring-do.  Guisborough forest provides for all.  And there’s […]

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Wild Swimming in the Springtime

*a cautionary tale with yet more attempts at sketching* Hello again my friends!  I do hope all is well with you.  Jim here and how pleased I am to be able to chin wag (!)   Wag wag!! Springtime is a particularly splendid time of year isn’t it.  My nose really goes silly!  As you may […]

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It’s On its Way

“It’s on its way!”  A phrase that has become synonymous with me throughout my life.  This is quite simply because I have never been all that good at getting presents and cards to people on time.  “It’s on its way”, I say sheepishly, as yet another birthday or Christmas goes by.  Let’s take Mother’s Day […]

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A Great Start

What better way to start a new day.  I am sitting here with a cup of tea, a crumpet soaked in butter and some knitting.  All this whilst listening to Classic FM on the radio, which is now playing A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.  The music has actually moved me so much that I am […]

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Making Again

A Mammoth Task

Sometimes, you find that there is a rush of all sorts of decisions to be made, coming from all angles, directions and corners of your world.  You are stood in the middle of a landscape, and like an avalanche approaching, there is a rumbling as you see various tasks, slowly creeping their way towards you.  All […]

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A Message from MI6

So an interesting thing happened to me the other day which I’d like to share with you.  I received a covert request from MI6 of all places.  Yes indeed, gasp you may, when you realise that their Head of Services required a jumper knitting.  Can you believe it?  I mean, I couldn’t.  And the manner in which […]

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I am Dog

Good day all, Jim Lumpford here!  I have finally managed to wangle my way in to talking to you all by myself.  Sheesh!  I tell you it’s been a long time coming but, trying to get a word in edgeways with her can be a tougher task than you might imagine.  Yes, yes she may appear all quiet, unassuming and […]

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