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  • A paragon of fairness.

    17 July 2017

    A paragon of fairness. Fairness is the cornerstone. The cornerstone of faith Our first lesson in life Fairness in Childhood All children grasp it. And yet now Adults Prosper or wilt. fairst thee well yet so much is unfair where is this paragon to point...

  • The Norman Times: 4

    31 May 2017

    The Norman Times King Henry I kept peace and order in the land Trade was good Many churches and monasteries were built. The towns grew larger The Normans and Saxons were now learning to live together in peace.

  • Seeing Scotland Again.

    05 April 2017

    When will I see Scotland? Never shall I forget the happy days I passed there amidst odious smells, barbarous sounds, bad suppers, excellent hearts, and the most enlightened and cultivated understandings. Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

  • Tree of life

    21 July 2017

    Trees in particular were mysterious, and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place that I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings. C.G.Jung,

  • This is my country.

    04 April 2017

    This is my country, The land that begat me, These windy spaces Are surly my own. And those who here toil In the sweat of their faces Are flesh of my flesh And bone of my bone. Alexander Gray 1882-1968)

  • Une femme sans l'amour

    22 October 2017

    . sans faire l amour , je ne sais pas ? car ,dans le manque , tu as toujours les facultés , de pouvoir te faire l amour bise a toi

  •  a Scottish-American 

    31 May 2017

    “Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.” – Andrew Carnegie a Scottish-American

  • The Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy

    16 June 2017

    The Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy was the center of a major monastic movement in the Middle Ages. Its church was the largest Christian building in the world until St. Peter's Basillica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th century.

  • O Caledonia! stern and wild.

    02 April 2017

    O O Caledonia! stern and wild. Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my sires" what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band, That knits me to thy rugged strand! Sir Walter Scott...

  • Typing without Internet.

    19 March 2020

    Access to Internet is difficult Because there is a lockdown Library is closed for weeks The cafe with wi-fi is closed All the normal places with wi-fi are closed Lockdown indeed Still at last the nature is open Wonderful weather today A lovely day to...

  • The Duolingo April Fool

    01 April 2017

    This Year was A European Union law which banned Duolingo from Europe.

  • Singing trees

    30 March 2017

    Language makes the trees sing listening as the leaves rustle with opened ears, we smile travelling through the world

  • Animals out of hibernation

    30 March 2017

    Spring is lovely with all the flowers now popping up. Buds appearing on the trees and then blossom. Animals now start to wake up after sleeping through the winter

  • A peninsula scene

    29 March 2017

    I stopped cycling home tonight on the peninsula and took this picture. A pleasure to walk home this way. Time to think and relax Cycling also lovely Enjoying the day. Treasuring the evening

  • The Handmaid’s Tale.

    29 May 2017

    The Handmaid’s Tale, the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood where USA is ruled by an ultra-far-right regime has rocketed to the top of the bestseller charts in the UK A show based on the book is being shown in America television (Hulu)

  • Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen

    21 May 2017

    Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen A book with a lovely story that can make you laugh. Something to take on a weekend in the countryside

  • Normans, how the people lived. 11

    21 May 2017

    . How the people lived during the Norman times. Outside the fields was the common-land, where the animals could graze. Each one was marked with its owner's mark. If a a cow strayed, it was put into a little yard with a fence round it, called the pound....

  • A viking crucifix

    28 May 2017

    This was found in Denmark A viking artefact

  • A.J. Balfour (1848-1930)

    27 May 2017

    A.J. Balfour History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other A.J. Balfour (1848-1930)

  • The Norman Times; 2

    26 May 2017

    The Norman Times Hereward the Wake was the leader of a Saxon rebellion. With a company of other rebels he hid in the marshes of Ely, but although Williams soldiers found his hiding place, he managed to escape

  • Sapiens : A History of Humankind

    23 March 2017

    Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? This...

  • The Call

    20 March 2017

    The Call "Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! Throughout the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name." Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1730–1809)

  • A day of happiness

    05 March 2020

    Each day as a gift Lovely to cycle Lovely to be alive Some cakes to bake and then share with friends A lovely day All is good

  • The Norman Times; 1

    25 May 2017

    The Norman times. William 1 was the first Norman King. He was strong and wise and he made the barons obey hime He could be cruel, and when the Saxons in the North rebelled, he punished them with fire and death, but when people obeyed hime, William treated...

  • Roger Moore (1927-2017)

    23 May 2017

    Roger Moore Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents. Roger Moore (1927-2017)