This autumn could scarcely be more beautiful - no need to cross the Atlantic to New England, the brilliance of colour is all around us. It is such an extraordinary natural in-breath, held between that brilliance and utter mutedness, between exaltation and aching loss, between exhilaration and mournfulness. This morning's walk covered it all - visually misty and yet vibrant, emotionally subdued and yet celebratory of the beauty all around. Life in the autumn is poised in such delicate balance, … [Read more...]
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All experts on how best to manage a website say that it's important to write a blog post at least once a month. It makes your site, and what you're using it for, look current, alive, up-to-the-minute, fresh, cared-for, vibrant ... I could go on. And I'm sure that all that is very true, and I would hate to think that my site looked stuck in some retro time-warp. Having said that, I will hold up my hands and confess that, since the end of last year when I last wrote a post, I've been rather … [Read more...]
We've just had the clocks go back, triggering the usual mixture of confusion, irritation, gloom (about it being all downhill until spring) and delight (about how lovely it is to get cosy of a dark evening). Whatever else can be said about this time, it's unlikely to be something neutral. The autumn generates strong feelings in most people. Every year I find myself in respect and admiration of the wisdom that the ancient Chinese had access to, and passed on down the generations. The autumn, … [Read more...]
I've been brewing this post for the past couple of months - but typically for this time of year, there's been so much jostling for my attention (work, family stuff, gardening, exercising and more) that the actual writing has had to wait until a sleepless night got me out of bed very early. So, what's been brewing? Well, it's been thinking about love, relationships, the highs and the lows. Our love life, or lack of it, or disappointment and disillusionment with it, occupy a big part of our … [Read more...]
I'm in the incredibly fortunate position of having decided, back in November of last year, to walk every day - and to live in a village with beautiful countryside accessible from my doorstep. Armed with my trusty iPhone, I've been taking photographs every day of my walks - and am now delighted to have a library of pictures which (with no deliberate plan) are providing me with an archive of seasonal change. And this is very timely as I'm acutely aware, in my own life and the lives of friends, … [Read more...]