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the fence is steaming

The sky was clear this morning, but the pond didn’t look frozen, so I was surprised to find the grass crunching under my feet and the greenhouse frozen shut. In spite of the sun the thermometer says it’s -2C, and the fence, which faces east is steaming gently. There was a flight of geese overhead…
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January 13, 2009 0

happy christmas

Thanks to family activities – illness, a death, a party – and responsibilities on behalf of our local community council, work has almost come to an end for the year. I’m making plans for next year, however, and hope to be back with poems and short stories in January. Happy Christmas everybody.


December 23, 2008 0

family stuff

Work seems to be grinding slowly to a halt. I get distracted by Christmas shenanigans (our village Christmas lunch and carols, catching up with friends before we get too busy, shopping, cooking, cleaning —)and also by family stuff. We have one daughter at home, and her erstwhile flat-mate staying for a while, and a grand-daughter…
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December 9, 2008 0

Northwords Now

The new edition finally got here, and I have copies for my mother and my mother-in-law. Sally Evans and I share a page, which makes me feel very honoured, and we feature on the front cover, which impresses me! It’s a very well-produced magazine, and has been one of my favourites for the last couple…
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December 2, 2008 0

Northwords Now

The new edition of Northwords Now is out, and though I haven’t seen a copy yet, I am assured that four of my poems are in it – Naming the Autumn, The Voice of the Carnyx, Hekla’s Country, and April.


November 19, 2008 0

tidying up

I’ve spent all week cleaning and tidying stuff. There seems no end to the waste paper a family can generate. Not to mention other stuff – out of date packets of semolina and glace cherries, guarantees and packaging for things you don’t even possess any more, six types of mismatched glass tumblers, redundant cables and…
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October 31, 2008 0

editors’ comments

I noticed a link on Emma Darwin’s blog to an editor’s comments on rejection, which made me think some. Saracen Woman got rejected not long ago, and the note that came back with it was kind and polite, though bland. But then said editor blogged about the novels she had rejected, saying that the only…
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October 22, 2008 0

the new novel

We went to the Crannog on Loch Tay on Saturday to do some research for the new novel. What you can see is a reproduction of a real Iron Age Crannog further up the loch, and there is a chance to see the building,and learn about the methods of construction and try out some Iron…
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October 21, 2008 0

One Leaf, One Link

On Friday I went to the launch of the anthology created by the One Leaf, One link project in Perth. It was run by an organisation called Plus, a user-led mental health service funded by the NHS. The project ran for over a year, and produced a tree hung with leaves created in all sorts…
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October 15, 2008 0

sunny morning

Today is sunny again after yesterdays heavy rain, which is good, because this afternoon a man is going to go up on our roof to see why our chimney liner bangs in the wind. he wanted to go up last night at ten o’clock (in the rain, in the wind, with a torch that wasn’t…
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October 8, 2008 0