WEP Get Togethers # 3 … Fish Bananas …
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2w ago
  It is April Fool's Day isn't it … so we could have Fish Bananas … I've come across them – more anon … but for now some funnies – other than fishy bananas! First bi-monthly: June, August, October and December in 2024 Predictive text cropped up for me today – when I commented on a blogging friend's post … that became a glogging friend (since repeatedly globbing – though could also be a drinking glogging friend as it's a holiday) … how often do words slip through uncorrected, particularly in text form on the phone … Beech tree - happily living on ... many lives, with an und ..read more
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Hope in the soul …
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3w ago
  I'm sure most of the world would prefer to have peace and quiet to live their lives … Emily Dickinson wrote this thoughtful poem … White Feather "Hope is the Thing with Feathers” Hope is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm - I've heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea: Yet – never - in extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. by Emily Dickinson c 1861 ..read more
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Head Space – with rabbit holes …
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1M ago
  My mojo is beginning to reappear and after Easter it will be back in full glowing hex colours … who put the hex on colour? … is one rabbit hole – I'll leave you to look. Who Put the Hex in Colour Streamline Publishing For me … RGB (colour) triplets (and techie stuff) defeat me before we even start … but I know a few of you understand … or hopefully are as interested in the ephemeral state I seem to operate in … Another rabbit hole I came across is a news broadcast on BBC Radio4, the Briefing Room – Election specials, discussing big issues of the day in different parts of the ..read more
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Indeterminate life ...
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1M ago
  I came across this quote via the recent blog entry 'The Strange Science of Zombie Fungi' – courtesy of Maria Popova's 'The Marginalian': 'A mind not be chang'd by Place or Time' – John Milton from Paradise Lost (Book I, line 234 … if I've counted right!). "The mind is its own place” Mother's Day lunch - we'd have had roast potatoes ... and now my mind is on lunch! This has been my head space … while I've pottered around chattering away to myself! - happy in my own little way - as I pretend to gear my own self up to being sensible and progressing with things needing to be don ..read more
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WEP Get Togethers # 2 … winter blues …
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1M ago
  February was not the most brilliant – not helped with lots of that wet stuff, excess wind … too many things that could have been done quickly took forever … which frustrates me to say the least, apart from being so time wasting … It says it all ....  March has come in favouring its name … after the Roman god of War … but that was this morning – this afternoon we have blue skies, big whitish cumulus clouds and some sun – bliss … till more tears drop forth from those towering clouds … Statue of Mars from the Forum of Nerva, 2nd C  There's a wormy moon around ..read more
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Five hundred years of blogging …
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2M ago
  Sadly when Write Edit Publish came to its end … understandable in many ways – the administrators have done a wonderful job over the years and I was only around for about half the time – Denise, Renee, Nila, Laura, Olga, Jemi suggested that we write something at the end of each month … as WEP: Get Togethers … which I will do next week. So to continue my thoughts on the start of blogging … posted 1st February. Get Together team  In the 1500s a Frenchman popularised the essay as a literary genre – otherwise known today as blogging in a short form … Jorn Barger But a ..read more
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Pancakes ...
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2M ago
Today is pancake day … originally called Shrove Tuesday … I was thinking back to my childhood when our mother would cook us pancakes … guzzling children were happy kids! Pancakes with sugar and lemon … those were the days when for us … it was sprinkling sugar over the pancake, then a few drops of lemon juice … simple, but plain … I've learnt that I enjoy simple food … as we used to have it when I was growing up – yet I'm the one with cookbooks for Africa and who always used to enjoy experimenting with new recipes … from said books – along with some of my mother's … I still enjoy ..read more
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WEP Get Togethers … Reunions …
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2M ago
  I'm just very happy to be joining WEPpers with many reunions and to hear everyone's stories … as you all develop your story-telling … You are welcome to join us ... I hope you will! As I'm not writing for a reason per se – I thought I'd add snippets that come to mind … either from life itself, or reminders of aspects I might have missed out in earlier blog posts … all 1,200 of them I note … The Thinker - by Auguste Rodin outside the British Library Wikipedia's main page today features 'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin … appropriate for this post and probably me – tho ..read more
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Crumbs Crumbling Chalk Cliffs
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3M ago
  The tiny hamlet at Birling Gap has had many ups and downs in its short existence … eight cottages were built for the Coastguard in 1878 before passing into private ownership after WW2 … Birling Gap hamlet pos 1930s Birling Gap is iconically situated atop those crumbling chalk cliffs between Eastbourne and Brighton ...from where historically it has been possible to realise how much the chalk is a-crumbling into the English Channel below … Using step ladder pos 1980s I hadn't been out there for twelve years or so … and though it perhaps wasn't the most inspiring day ..read more
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16th year and counting …
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3M ago
This yearly count strikes me as extraordinary - not something I thought would last 15 full years and now about to go beyond … Happy Birthday to me! I was really lucky at Christmas a great friend, from South African days who now lives north of London, brought her daughter - my goddaughter - down for a couple of days ... which really enlivened my life, as I was nursing a cold, and things go quietish at that time of year.   I'm afraid we had too much champagne with lots of chats - and picnicked here ... ie a real mix of sort of antipasto goodies - gave us a chance to be just ..read more
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