Category Archives: This Domestic Life

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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The Joy of Local

This piece is about birds, but it’s also about being confined to my locality and the new mind-set I’m trying to embrace. I wrote a long introductory piece, but some might find it a bit heavy so I’ve made it … Continue reading

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Walking the Lanes Part 2

Sunday 12 April. Easter Sunday This is certainly the warmest Easter I can remember, though it’s possible that may say more about my memory than about climate change. It’s just after 8 when I set off on the familiar route … Continue reading

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Walking the Lanes

For our physical and mental health at this time of crisis, we are encouraged to walk run or cycle in the areas close to where we live once a day. Although all our public rights of way are open, there … Continue reading

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