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Brighton Fringe – Mary Blandy

Walking along the Strand in London to Trafalgar Square to try on a costume I become someone else. Through the darkness I sense the character of a lady of Henley who met her death hung on holy ground in 1757. Mary was not granted the right to appeal her conviction for poisoning her father. She […]
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Old Amber

Through a piece of old Amber where all insect life is preserved. I wondered what those stages of life revealed. Inspired by January and the history of insects inspiration uncurled. I needed some extra light for January and turned to an antique ring for magic. “The worm’s turn.” The click Of midnight sticks The firefly’s […]
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Beyond my Fringe

I am living in a tiny dorm room for a month. The man in front of me picking up hid key asks if there is air con. The receptionist says there’s a window you can open.   As I trail through a maze of corridors with 2 backpacks I wonder if I truly needed 3 […]
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A Blenheim Orange Apple

Apples are the most sociable fruit.  Bobbing up and down in water they are ducking apples used by kids for Halloween games. If fruit trees are inherited in a garden there’s often story to dig up from the past. New varieties pop up in old gardens all the time! One of the joys of growing your own fruit is that you get to eat […]
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Rock Edge Rolls thro American Garden via Early Oxford Archaeology

  When I moved to Oxford from Wales I wanted to be near greenery that connected me to a childhood past.  The budget did not stretch to a chic property overlooking one of the prominent parks however I did notice that there were some neighbourhood conservation areas in progress that held some promise (although even […]
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Colour of Oxford Castle

  It was a blissful and rare sunny day after one long grey Winter as I walked past Oxford Castle and the brick work popped.     The old castle was built by the Saxons with a simple mound and tower to protect boundaries of a new settlement called “Oxenaford”  1000 years ago.  We are now a booming student city but just […]
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Saint Frideswides Love

Walking past Christ Church with the sun bouncing off the stone made me become an instant  tourist and find out more about the stories inside the building.  The architecture maybe familiar from the Harry Potter films and TV show ‘Morse’.  The college is where many medieval stories are staged and a review of ‘Murder in […]
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Ecstatic Evergreen

    In bleak midwinter, evergreen plants come into their own this month and I had a great time visiting a nearby garden to get their full beauty.   New year is a perfect to catch these stars at a nearby Botanic Garden and look out for the succulent plants.   Here are some of my highlights that put a glimmer […]
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Bath Gardens and Abbey

On walking into Bath Abbey the light that floods in from the many windows is striking. The stained glass window behind the altar has 56 panels each telling a story of the life of Christ.  During World War II (in 1942) this was smashed during a bombing raid.  Thankfully most of the glass was saved and […]
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Free Traffic

Due to a delayed flight I spent an unexpected overnight stop in pitch darkness at Palermo.  I was not alone, the route to the city was jammed.       There was plenty of time to take photos.  Looking at them now it feels like I visited two different places though my heart sees one. […]
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