Sunday, December 10, 2017
Walking from where I live towards the heath there is a small hill approaching the station. It was slippy and several of us stopped to help push cars up the slope. It wasn't the best day to drive really, but it was quite fun pushing the Porsche (although I did get spattered in grey snowy sludge as it's wheels spun).
There was an air of pleasantry - people tugging kids on sleds, dogs eagerly trotting in smart coats, adults in hats and gloves and generally most people were smiling and willing to say good morning and look you in the eye, conspiratorial in the joy of snow.
When I reached the heath there were lots of people sledging and just having good old fashioned fun. Snowball fights, large mounds of snow being rolled in anticipation of snowmen, and dogs excitedly rushing around, chasing irretrievable snow balls.
I felt so peaceful being on the heath, walking through the woods in the snow. I have many happy memories of being on the heath with my children - sledging and building snowmen - and I cherish this wonderful place that is fabulous for people and wildlife both winter and summer.
More photos here: Flickr All pictures (C) me.
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Sunday, December 03, 2017
|Miracle on 34th Street (C) 20th Century Fox|
- Small US town
- Snowy region (preferably near Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Buffalo etc – cities in the ‘snow zone’ or miraculous snow in New York)
- Single parent family (this facilitates the inclusion of children whilst permitting a romantic storyline)
- The children are polite and well behaved
- A problem (St Nick has lost something, one of his elves is in trouble, his ‘magic’ is being depleted, family home about to be repossessed etc)
- A ‘miracle’ themed object (star, angel, animated snowman, special house etc)
- An ‘unbeliever’ (cynic who has had a negative Christmas experience, loss of family, etc)
- A supporting cast of friendly uncles, aunts, neighbours, friends
- A reluctant romance
- A penchant for choosing the rural career over the city life
- The conversion (cynic is provided with undeniable evidence that ‘Christmas miracles’ exist – whether Santa is real or that against all the odds lost family members are found)
- The ‘spirit of Christmas’
- A happy conclusion
- Disaster (sometimes averted)
- Unlikely romance with a specific challenge (societal, etc)
- Badly behaving kids
- A nativity play
- A supporting cast of idiots/comedians
- Cynicism in the majority
- Conflict resolution
- A happy conclusion
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
|Photo from Amazon.com|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
|Me and Bella last summer|
Sunday, October 01, 2017
|In a helicopter.|
- Youngminds - reports on mental health for younger people and charity
Photo: from Pinterest (no credit identified)
Footnote: since first publishing this, a comment came in that it isn't always appropriate to contact someone who is off work for mental health reasons. Yes, that's true, and contact may in fact increase problems rather than offer comfort, but the very principle that people off sick because of a mental health issue is 'taboo' is what is challenged here. If you have a colleague off sick for any kind of mental health reason, check before contacting them with your HR department or boss. Maybe a get well soon card could be the best thing they ever got.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
So - wish me luck! And if you get a chance, visit my webshop. I'd also appreciate ideas and feedback, of all the commercial undertakings I've ventured into, selling jewellery is not one I've done before.
Now to try and add a buy button! I think it's worked...
Saturday, July 22, 2017
|Cows - because you don't want to see this post illustrated!|
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Last week I got on the train to home from King's Cross and had just opened my computer up ready to draft something, when a man sat opposite me. As luck would have it, he was a friend of mine who - up until the previous week - I hadn't seen in about 18 months. Twice in one week, sort of happens that way doesn't it?
We got chatting and he told me about his day - a 'scenario planning' session on an imagined Ebola outbreak in a war zone - fascinating stuff. I also shared my day's event with him - a data protection conference! I think I got the better end of the deal.
So no blog written that day, but what about all the other days, evenings, etc? Oh I have plenty of excuses... I am still managing to play bowls occasionally, still managing to visit the occasional storytelling session (this one at the British Museum), and visit friends who have animals! But all of this leaves me little time to think, and I need to think to write.
My job means I spend a lot of time in the car, and during that time I come up with lots of ideas, but writing and driving don't mix.
|A card from Sarah|
In the meantime, here's some ramblings (above), and some pictures. I will make time in my schedule to write, because without a Tardis, I'm not going to make any more hours in the day.
Watch this space, and let's see if I really can get better at time management.
Photos: (C) Carolyn Causton. Gallstone artwork (C) Sarah Hockey.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Sunday, March 05, 2017
My friend today posted a ghost picture on Facebook she took in broad daylight - and it's a ghostly shape indeed. Ghost? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on your definition of what a ghost actually is. I've just put one of my stories into YouTube to share - there is a CD of my short ghost stories available (contact me and I can sell you one - can't give 'em away, sorry), and this is one story from this collection.
I enjoyed putting visuals to the story, but it's really for listening to, not watching. But why did I write a few ghost stories? Because, like my friend on Facebook today, I've been aware of the presence what we call ghosts in my own life. And they do say write what you know.
What are ghosts? I'm open to any interpretation you like - from Stone Tape Theory to good old fashioned spirits. Oh, and of course a good healthy dose of human imagination, visual distortion (a great one for the 'grey ladies') and indeed pranksterism (I know that isn't a word, but it fits).
In my personal experience there have been incidents that are impossible to explain, even with all the options considered. But most of my stories are fiction - good old fashioned story telling designed to entertain and intrigue, rather than to scare.
If you have five minutes to spare, do listen to The Resident. It's not the most polished piece of work, but even so I hope you find it entertaining.