Category Archives: Writing

Xmas Gifts

Double Christmas   Christmas has come at last, with two fantastic presents. The first wonderful gift was the return of Ruby from hospital. She is not completely herself yet but getting better all the time. The second gift is the … Continue reading

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Update to the Update

Total embarrasment! I told all of you my new book was called “Watching for the Downbeat”. It is, in fact, called “Waiting for the Downbeat”. I’m not going to sell many copies this way, am I?  

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I Haven’t Died

I am aware that I’ve not posted on this blog for months, and think that maybe I need to offer an explanation. It is always more difficult to motivate myself in the dark days of winter, but what motivation I … Continue reading

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Death and Transfiguration

Death and Transfiguration   When a man, or a woman, gets to a certain age, a lot of brain-time is spent on the questions, “What, exactly, is the point?” and “What, exactly, are you trying to achieve here?” For example, … Continue reading

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How to be a Naturalist

The English contemporary naturalist, writer and farmer, John Lewis-Stempel, on being asked how you became a nature writer, replied something like this: “You need to do two things. You need to go outside, and you need to stay out there.”

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Tripping the Likes Fantastic

When I started this blog last summer, I was not sure what I was going to write about nor why I was doing it at all. I have wiggled my toes in various forms of social media, and haven’t found … Continue reading

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Why Do I Do This?

The more I write this blog the more insistent becomes the question, “Why am I writing this?” It’s too facile to say it’s because I like the process of writing. I could write a private journal, like a Victorian gentleman, … Continue reading

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