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Jul 19, 2015
Visiting Pete

This is yet another update post that I am afraid I can promise will make for an entirely uninteresting read. Having only recently returned home from Devon, where I was tasked with the job of helping my maternal grandmother reduce her book collection following on from the death of my grandfather, I…

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There is only so much that I can find to say about the unenviable task that is helping one’s grandmother to sort through her possessions and get rid of them, either to the dump or to various charity shops. It was a sad necessity because none of the relatives have room…

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May 30, 2015
Then We Were Two

Today saw the departure of Kyosuke for Europe, so now we are but two- or three, should you include little Eavie the puppy. Last week I said goodbye to Kyra and then Asier, but (re)gained a new recruit in John. John had volunteered on the site previously but in returning he…

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Gloucester held their inaugural Tall Ships Festival this Whit bank holiday, featuring “the brigantine Morgenster, handmade schooner Atyla, Baltic trawler Keewaydin and topsail schooner Vilma”, according to the City of Gloucester’s website.

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The second weekend of my stay here in Mitcheldean dawned with less ceremony than the first. Whereas last week we feasted on pancakes before jaunting off into the forest for a group walk, today I elected to strike off on my own. Breakfast was a sombre affair on account…

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Mitcheldean boasts a micro-brewery, called Bespoke Brewery, which specialises in ‘forest bitters’. This gave rise to Asier and Kyra asking me what differentiated a regular bitter from a forest bitter — were they merely termed such because they were brewed in an area that was largely forest, was it…

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After a gloriously sunny drive across country from Cheshire, I arrived in relatively good time at the Wilderness Project in Mitcheldean last Wednesday. Upon first impression I really like the place. The drive is fairly long and gated, accessible from the A4136 via a very sharp turning that I…

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May 15, 2015
Cutting Loose

For a long time now I have been threatening to up sticks and leave but caution kept me captive. Even now, living in the house of a couple who were strangers to me last week, I am clinging to certain luxuries that add comfort and security to our every…

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We lost a dear friend this month but I’ve struggled to put my thoughts down in writing. As is often the case I’ve avoided the real crux of the matter and chosen to ruminate on a question that is altogether less personal: should tragedy enliven us?

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Apr 17, 2015
Starting Afresh!

I’ve culled out a lot of my old posts in order to largely start afresh. I tend to make these sites and fill them with nonesense filler posts just to pad them out but this time around I intend to keep this blog fully up to date. In the…

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The Hold Steady, Spinners There are some themes that are timeless and it is often due to their handling our deepest, most primal fears. Shakespeare’s All the World’s a Stage still holds such currency with a modern audience in spite of the fact that it was written some four hundred years…

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