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Archive for July, 2012

All Passion Spent Again

…Our Book Club Verdict…“How marvellous and strange’ writes Joanna Lumley in the introduction to our copies, ‘that a book which begins and ends with death should be so joyous and wickedly funny’. Joyous and wickedly funny the book is, and we all loved it, finding it a beautifully written, wonderfully sensitive often humorous portrayal of [...]

‘All Passion Spent’

…And Summer is Here, at Last…Today, Tuesday 24th July, has been wondrously hot, the hottest day of the year, apparently. I tore myself away from the computer (EQM re-assessment being an urgent priority, went outside complete with sun hat, Factor 50, and ‘All Passion Spent’ by Vita Sackville-West, my book for our book club meeting [...]

A Summer Walk to Tissington

…Over the Hills and Not so Far Away…The sun shone again today, gloriously. Undeterred, I sat at my computer, indoors, feverishly going through our Peak District Environmental Quality Mark reassessment questionnaire (left it too late but not entirely my fault as it happens this year). Just when I was beginning to wilt anyway, John came [...]

Social Media Networking

…Who will join our Google+ Circles?…Yesterday at 7.30 am (had to get that in) I was in Chesterfield, 40 minutes’ drive away, to attend a Breakfast Briefing’ on ‘What’s New in Social Media’. It was stimulating, fast moving and very informative, presented by someone whose life-work it is: he really knows and lives for his [...]

South African Silence

…Birdsong and chatter from Parwich…Recently I always seem to be apologising for silences (not something I am normally known for) but while we were away in Ireland we heard that my sister had even taken very ill in Durban, South Africa, and we had not been back home many days when I decided to fly [...]

Sea Views from the Kitchen Windows

…(but, no, not in the Peak Park)…Please forgive the unforgivable silence. We have just returned from a ten-day trip away; I had fondly promised myself that every day I would find the opportunity to relax briefly in a leisurely fashion in front of my iPad and write stimulating posts from our various destinations. A hectic [...]