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Big dog, little dog

I had thought to walk to the top of the hill, in the evening sunshine, still warm. And the dogs came too, and larry and Robin. The grass is so green from rainfall at night and the clover scents the … Continue reading

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Words of Welcome

This was what I saw first. Max Porter’s words of welcome. They are part of a project called #WordsofWelcome run by Reg Meuross. It made me think. How would I welcome someone? I hope it would be with an open … Continue reading

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An open letter to The Labour Party

Dear PLP, I would like to register my displeasure at the way the new leadership election was first forced and then the method with which those who can vote has been decided. The suggestion that only those who became party … Continue reading

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Honey π

Up early to take Hannah to the railway station so she could travel to the north of Scotland Ivy and I made a slow journey to Hay on Wye. We travelled by chapters of Barkskin, escaping in time to the … Continue reading

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Heartwood

I wrote a short story to go with an image I had painted for The Woodland Trust. The story is set in a real place, a beautiful place, near Dulverton. You can find the story here, download the eBook of … Continue reading

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A rock and a hard place

When you feel that you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, when you feel out of step with how many in your country think and feel, because even though you know that the EU wasn’t perfect it … Continue reading

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Footpath, flowers, tea and small acts of kindness

On Sunday I will travel to London, stay in a hotel, sleep in the city. On Monday I will go to The British Library for the Greenaway and Carnegie awards. The Greenaway and Carnegie are two of the top awards … Continue reading

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Pronghorned eelhounds

In medieval times there was a rare species of eelhound, bred for its hunting instinct, swift running, keen sight. Indeed they were a member of what is now known as ‘sight-hounds’. The breed came from two hounds found living wild … Continue reading

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Yesterday, the sea. Today, the land.

Yesterday I escaped my studio for the sea. Today, while I waited for paint to dry, I walked to the top of the hill with Rosie and Ivy. And the green lane is overgrown with flowers and stonecrop clings to … Continue reading

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Falcon Boats

I’ve worked hard this week, my goal being to complete two books and take the morning off this morning. I’d booked a boat trip with Falcon Boats, off shore, out to where the Celtic Deep begins, in the hope of … Continue reading

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