Category Archives: This Domestic Life

Breakfast at Sunrise

Today, soon after 6,  and for the first time this year I had my breakfast in the conservatory. It felt particularly special this year because this winter has been bad for me. It’s been a long struggle with persistent locked-in … Continue reading

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The Best of February 2021

This was meant to be a remote control close up of frogs spawning. Instead I found an extraordinary image. It was one of several surprises buried inside larger pictures that helped me keep sane during an otherwise dreary February.I took … Continue reading

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The Season of Disappointment

How will you remember this Christmas? The tree that nobody saw? Did you begin the month in hope and end in despair? Misery, grief, or just tedium and boredom? I had great things planned. I was to spend the best … Continue reading

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Is poetry worth the effort?

I always have a book open while I eat my breakfast, and it’s always non-fiction. This week, and not for the first time, I am determined to read more poetry. I studied a lot of poetry at university. I love … Continue reading

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Plas Mawr and Vermeer

I have always loved the simple interiors depicted by the Old Masters of 17th C Holland. In pictures such as Vermeer’s famous “Milkmaid” the way the gentle daylight from the window brings out the rich colours and vivid detail of … Continue reading

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