Monday, 31 December 2018

Goodbye 2018; a short review of the year



Reading and Writing
Joined a book club and, whilst not inspired by all recommended, I did enjoy Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and The Blood Of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.  At the moment I am loving Life after Life by Kate Atkinson and look forward to reading the follow up, A god in Ruins.

My writing hasn’t been wonderful this year, both in output and content but I joined an online writing group and the challenges and feedback has provided the motivation needed.  I did co-write at radio play for the local Writing on Air festival.
 
Visits
Having exchanged our RHS membership for National Trust, we have visited some new places of interest.  Details of these and other destinations visited have been described in earlier blog posts.  
 The glorious summer enhanced the time we spent at the Yorkshire coast and in my capacity of judge for Yorkshire in Bloom allowed me to discover some beautiful, hidden spots.

 


 



Family and Friends
We’ve celebrated many milestones from 1st to 99th birthdays and many big ones in between, my grandson’s Bar Mitzvah and a couple of Golden Weddings plus we managed a whole family holiday in the summer.
Having an extensive family and many close friends is a blessing but the downside is that we have lost quite a few this year.
My nephew presented a programme on BBC about my maternal grandmother’s journey from Vashilishok with yours truly having a small speaking role.  Entitled A Very British History; The Jews of Leeds aired on BBC1 Yorkshire and will be shown on BBC4 in early 2019.



 Also, saw James Taylor live.

 Looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to this year and wishing you good health and happiness in 2019


Saturday, 22 December 2018

Ghost story which ended up a fairy tale


Taking up Loren's challenge to compost a 100 word ghost story, I came up with this hardly scary piece!

The Gift


Jade pursued her dog through the woods.  Dusk was falling so time to get home, not that anyone would even care. 
Suddenly, she came across an illuminated Christmas tree with coloured baubles, a star atop and a wrapped present beneath; the kind of tree she always wished for.
 “To Jade: for being a good and polite child”, said the gift label.  Evidently not this Jade whose mother called her selfish and a nuisance.  Sighing, she hurried home with her dog.  
Imagine Jade’s joy on Christmas morning finding that present.  Neither Jade nor her mother knew who had put it there.

If ghost stories are what you want, check out Loren's blog at http://isawlightningfall.blogspot.com/2018/12/advent-ghosts-2018-stories.html

Six on Saturday


No, I can’t claim that these are in my garden but, last week, two members of our gardening club brought in these beauties from their gardens.  Impressive for this time of year, I think.
 
So these are my six:
1.       Winter jasmine which graces the wall next to my front door from late October to the end of March.
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2 .      Viburnum tinus Eve an evergreen which seems to flower most of the year and has glossy green leaves and is useful for flower arranging.

3.  Rosa Flower Carpet White, actually quite upright and a prolific, continuous flowerer

4.  Euphorbia Tasmanian Tiger, a good looker in any season.

  
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5. Hebe; small with purple leaves.  Not sure of its name as there are several similar ones but very easy to take cuttings from.

6.  Abelia which did nothing last year but flowered its socks off this year and makes a nice addition to a cut flowers because of its perfume.

  
Although Spring is still a long way off, I was delighted to see buds and bulbs peeping out.
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Season's greetings to you all.

My short story in SevenDays magazine

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