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Rain

Yesterday for about two hours, rain radars seemed to hint at a ten-mile-wide block of fat, sweaty, hot air sitting over Witney, by any absence of rain on the screen. This block thwarted the congregation of storms which had raged … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me it’s rude to point right now

I was going to write more today, but I managed to burn my left forefinger on the oven’s heating element earlier today. The element gets so hot that the dead, unexfoliated layers of skin turn to ash, luckily offering partial … Continue reading

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Nature, red in tooth and claw, apparently

“She’s back. Oh, hello, catty – what’s that she’s got in her mouth oh my God, oh my God…” Over the past nine months we had got so accustomed to our cat’s inability to catch her own toys or tail, … Continue reading

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The beautiful boredom of borders

A couple of weeks ago I painted three panels of a fence round our back garden. It’s a laborious task, even using a three-inch brush: given the contents of the neighbours’ garden behind, I could never spray it on. Besides, … Continue reading

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Fitting in

This Saturday was K’s birthday, and we celebrated it with a barbecue in what turned out to be intermittently pouring rain. It’s a cliché to say “it didn’t dampen our spirits”, but it really didn’t. A lid on the barbecue … Continue reading

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These are very small; those are far away

Today began with a morning in our own garden, then continued with an afternoon in the local farm museum, where I help out occasionally. Volunteers, including me, were taught how to help with the animals, and a few tweens had … Continue reading

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These wooden things are suddenly our responsibility, are they?

During the high winds some ten days ago that whacked much of the west and north parts of our fair isles in their green faces, our fence nearly blew down. As we tried to find someone to fix it, it … Continue reading

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