Sparse, icy winds

slink away

under the banishing

warmth of the

sun’s stern glare,

surrendering to the


spring song.

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Winter into spring

A tad optimistic, perhaps, as I’m sure winter has more to surprise us with, but spring has been advancing of late.

A few phone snaps from a couple of meanders in the last few days, at Worcester Woods and my usual haunt at Lower Smite Farm…

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A wayside stop last summer in rural France (in the Brenne). The tree circle looked like an Entmoot…

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The Dreamer

Artistic treatment of reflected figure

Just a bit of phone fun…

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…a mobile phone and Snapseed.

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Merry Christmas!

A brief entry today to wish any passers-by all the very best for the festive season and a peaceful New Year.

Ruth's Christmas presents

The post was triggered by my coming across this not-too-brilliantly-scanned slide from Christmas 1962, taken in my bedroom in Kuru, Northern Nigeria. I was soooo thrilled by the doll’s cot (actually big enough to incarcerate poor Peter, my friend & neighbour’s little brother!) because it was a complete surprise and, most of all, it had a real DROP-DOWN SIDE! Clearly to my 7-year-old eyes, this was the height of chic sophistication. I can still remember the excitement – don’t let the apparently placid picture fool you. There had been much entanglement with the mosquito net in my scramble to get out of bed and get my hands on the little beauty.

The cot was beautifully dressed in hand-stitched bedding, too. Unknown to me, ‘Auntie’ Gwen (every adult was an honorary aunt or uncle in those days) had been busy crocheting, sewing and embroidering all the lovely kit for the cot when she’d been visiting my parents during the previous weeks, crafting away as she chatted… embroidered pillowcases, a reversible blanket edged in satin ribbon, a crocheted multicoloured blanket and the floral eiderdown you can see. Does the detail of my recall confirm that I was well impressed?

The cot itself had been made at my parents’ request at the local Trade Centre at Bukuru, where ‘Uncle’ Harry, Gwen’s husband, oversaw the production of my little masterpiece. I was clearly very chuffed with it as it also appears to be a feature in the living room during the Christmas party – I only realised today that it was serving as armrest for the chap seated by the tree!

Christmas party Kuru 1962


There are many things about these little scenes – the kindness of friends, the thought, skills and effort people put into creating lasting pleasure for a (very grateful!) child, the importance of friends and colleagues when the rest of a family are many miles away – that mean these memories have stayed with me for over half a century.

Merry Christmas, and may you too make many lasting and sweet Christmas memories.


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It’s just 100 years since a 19-year-old lad from Halifax, Yorkshire, died from the gas that had wounded him on 5th September 1918.

Here lies LeonardLeonard's rose

Read a little more about my great-uncle Leonard in a previous post here.

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A Tale of Two Jugs

This gallery contains 10 photos.

Originally posted on Random Treasure:
It’s been quiet on the blog front in recent weeks. Preoccupied with the summer holidays and a whole bunch of other highly pleasurable activities, I just haven’t had time or inclination to settle down to…

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8 ways Yorkshire has changed the world

Just a few contributions from God’s Own County!

The Historic England Blog

Our capital city, London, is the heart of the political system and where power, protest and progress converge to make change a reality in law.

However, the great ideas and movements that have shaped our social and political history have sprung from across the nation.

Yorkshire folk like to speak their mind and when things need to change that’s not a bad thing. In the 19th and 20th centuries many of the biggest social and political changes originated or gained unstoppable momentum with the support of Yorkshire men, women and children.

Here are 8 ways Yorkshire people changed the way we live and work:

1. Advance the abolition of slavery

Exterior of Wilberforce House, Hull Wilberforce House in Hull is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, it is now a museum telling the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. © Historic England Archive DP116303

Britain had profited considerably…

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4th Droitwich Mail Art exhibition: Review — Droitwich Mail Art

There is something about the mail art that puts it on the completely different level than any other art movement. The artists involved in the networking are, before all else, a curious people who are open to new experiences. They are interested not only in visual arts but also in poetry, writing, photography, music, filmmaking, […]

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