They Shall Not Pass!

National Novel Writing Month is over for this year and, after some frantic last minute writing, I managed to limp over the fifty thousand word line for the second year in a row. It’s been a useful exercise and I got quite a few ideas Read More …

Barking

It barely seems possible that we’re so near to Christmas. Yet the festive season is starting to close upon us. Last weekend I was involved in my first proper Christmassy thing of the year: the indoor fun dog show for Ryedale Dog Rescue. I spent Read More …

Spanning The Years

Rediscovering the past: Recording the Present. I’ve always had a fascination with the past. Whether it’s railways, history, folk music or classic English literature, I’m always looking backwards. Ever since I was child I’ve heard stories about my family. I have a burning need to Read More …

Chained to the Computer

I’m still busy working away at my memories for National Novel Writing Month, and the word count is mounting up. This year feels very different from writing a novel last year. In one way its easier mining my memories for source material. Things I’d forgotten Read More …

The Joy of 35

I’ve not been out taking photographs recently, because I’ve been busy organising old photographs for the family archive. We have maybe two thousand photographic prints, but the ones I’ve been focussing on are what I’m calling the ‘historical photos’. These were  taken before the mid Read More …

Autumn Update

  The Nights are Fair Drawing In This week’s picture has an autumnal feel: these mushrooms were growing on our lawn until I cut them down. They were getting out of hand and threatening to take over the neighbourhood, so they had to go. As we Read More …