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Our December Readers

6×6 on 12th Dec

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Proudly announcing our six readers for December 12th (in no particular order):

Debbi Voisey reading  ‘Heads and Tails.’
Pauline Woodhouse reading ‘Holiday From Hell.’
Harry J Tomkinson reading an excerpt from his new historical book, Treachery at Bosworth Field 1485.
June Palmer reading  ‘If you believed, they put a man on the moon.’
Kenneth Kay reading ‘Did we change your life?’
Nic Hale  reading ‘Leftovers’.

This is a free event!  But don’t forget to bring your pennies for those wonderful books that will be on sale!

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Let There Be Light… #christmastrees #christmaslights

fibre-optic-treeOurs is not a house where decorations are gone into in any great quantity but I do usually stretch to a tree and a few bits and bobs.

The tiny fibre-optic tree in the dining toom was simple – out of the box and plug it in.

Then came the front room – something more of a mission. But as it was a cold day and Yule is just 11 days away it seemed as good a time as any to deck the halls. I had tested both sets of tree lights a couple of days ago. Both worked so I didn’t buy any more whilst we were out shopping yesterday. This afternoon when I got them all out I tested them again.

All was well… Continue reading

Miss Dilly & Co: Tyrant Queen

dilly-queen-smallThis morning we had proof, should there ever have been doubt, that Miss Dilly is a tyrant… More of that later.

It is three months since we moved house and in this smaller place it is easier to watch the dynamics of the resident clowder.  Continue reading

Today in the Garden

Today was all about cutting back ivy – which had smothered 5 panels of the rhs fence.

Image result for english ivy on fence flowersThis is an ancient ivy – or to be more precise ivys because there are at least five different varieties there. The largest leaf variety is covered on flowers and fruits so I am loathe to cut too much back because they are a source of winter food for insects and when the sun is out the flowers are ashimmer with bees and hoverflies (and even the occasional late butterfly).

Likewise the fruits provide winter feed for the birds.

But…

I also feared that it was going to pull the fence down. Having  chopped it back from the end two of the spread I realise that the ivy may be the only thing holding the centre three sections up! So have limited myself to trimming the long non-flowering strands for now.

Also in tidying the edges beneath found that the ivy roots were holding the grey-water drain cover tightly in place. Much swearing and hacking with secateurs has freed it up and pushed the border edge back by almost a foot.

Bin is brimming and I am exhausted but a good job done.

I will start taking pics of my own at some point 🙂

 

On Netflix and Sealing Wax…

My  Authors Electric Post for November is up.

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My other half and I recently gave in to the wave of nothingness and repeats on Freeview TV and acquired Netflix.  A week on, and several evenings of watching we’ve only touched the surface of the stuff that is available.

When I say that I now have Netflix people often smile knowingly and utter dire warning of  binge-watching, but a week on I can’t say it has been any different to before.  Oh  I admit there is an awful lot more of it, and it is so very easy to access, but that Curate’s egg conundrum of good versus bad in more or less equal measures remains. We’ve done a lot of sampling and/or catching up on things that we’ve missed. Watched random episodes of things that we’ve only ever heard about before.  (To read on click here)

http://authorselectric.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/bingeing-fiction-by-jan-edwards.html

Memories: True, or False

Interesting blog from Misha on memory and recounting.

Misha Herwin

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Cover 1“Shadows on the Grass” is partly a novel about memory. About what is remembered and what is forgotten, what matters, when it is recalled, and what does not.

At the present moment, this is a topic very much to the forefront of the news and, while I do not intend to comment on current events, it is interesting to speculate how many of our memories are what we actually remember and how many are triggered by something else.

One of my most vivid “memories” is of a bright summer day, playing in the meadow on  the hill above our house and being caught by my dad to have a photo taken.

Me aged 2Looking back, I would ask whether I truly remember this, or is it the photograph and the story I was told that sparks this “recollection.” What is even more interesting, is that when I was looking for the…

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Spooky Reads special on 6Towns radio tomorrow! #radio #spookyreads #halloween #@sot2021

Tomorrow (saturday 28th Oct) between 4pm and 6pm will be Spooky Reads on the 6TownsRadio digital station’s 6Towns Radio Curtain Call Show hosted by Becs and Rob!

 

Reading our spooky tales and  chatting about fiction of the creepy kind – with music to suit – will be writers from the city of Stoke-on-Trent and beyond: Jan Edwards, Debbi Voisey, Jack Lee, June Palmer, Bev Adams, Misha Herwin and Jem Shaw.

Listen if you dare!