Tag: Wiltshire

All The Emojis In The World Can’t Replace A Pen

All The Emojis In The World Can’t Replace A Pen

Yes, as you may know I admit I'm one of those who remember when we wrote letters, put stamps on them, and mailed them. Domestic ones took a couple of days to reach an intended recipient. International letters might require a week or more, so it could take a minimum of two weeks (two weeks!) … Continue reading All The Emojis In The World Can’t Replace A Pen

Summer’s Unofficial End

Summer’s Unofficial End

It's a British bank holiday - so, as they like to say here, it's probably raining: And it is. Also, as you know if you popped here by yesterday, I revealed a terrible truth about myself: I'm going to be, uh, "a certain age" in a few days. I'll be fine, I'm sure - as … Continue reading Summer’s Unofficial End

Alfred The Great Was Here (In The Vicinity Someplace)

Alfred The Great Was Here (In The Vicinity Someplace)

I've been up here, near the Westbury White Horse, a bunch of times. However, I'd never taken any photos of this, but finally did yesterday. So how about some English medievalism/ Anglo-Saxon romantic legend for a Wednesday morning: The inscription on that plaque reads: TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN, FOUGHT IN THIS VICINITY MAY … Continue reading Alfred The Great Was Here (In The Vicinity Someplace)

A Sunday Ramble

A Sunday Ramble

After Glastonbury on Friday and Bath on Saturday, yesterday we went out with my nephew for a Sunday ramble along the Wiltshire-Somerset border: We walked by Iford Manor. Here's a photo I took of the manor house in the autumn: Back to yesterday: Click here to read about Freshford, Somerset on Wikipedia. Why my nephew … Continue reading A Sunday Ramble

A Joy Departs

A Joy Departs

My sister-in-law lost her younger sister about two weeks ago. We're going to her funeral in Essex today. As a toddler, Donna had been a victim of medical malpractice that led to traumatic brain damage. Her family received a huge compensation package from the National Health Service (NHS). The money was set aside to make … Continue reading A Joy Departs

Surviving The “Wobbles”

Surviving The “Wobbles”

You never know what out there will provide eventual story material. Subconsciously, I'm always on the look out. In a real sense, I'm always working. I try, but I can't usually just switch my mind "off." I find I pay attention to most "everything." But I know I also have to do so without everyone … Continue reading Surviving The “Wobbles”

A Stranger’s Funeral

Last weekend, at Mass the priest had announced a funeral service would take place on Wednesday at lunchtime. He also explained that the deceased would have only a small contingent of family and friends present. What really caught my attention was when he observed if any of us in the faceless congregation could make it, … Continue reading A Stranger’s Funeral

Tourist Survey Submitted

I received an auto-email from English Heritage. They wanted to know what I thought of Stonehenge. The survey, they noted, would take only a few minutes: As we know, Stonehenge is a site of sublime importance; it allows us a peek into our pre-history. It has baffled, fascinated, and intrigued countless generations. Unknown numbers of … Continue reading Tourist Survey Submitted

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Although it's only 45 minutes away from where we live now in Wiltshire, and had been about an hour from where we'd lived previously in Dorset for a decade, we had never been to Stonehenge. Saturday night, on impulse, we thought, "Well, why not on Sunday?" Rule 1: Try to get there as early as … Continue reading Stonehenge

Our Old School Chums

Our Old School Chums

Today, this blog is in "Hala mania" hangover mode. If you missed the party, it was not something that happens here very often. Thanks to my interviewing Lebanese journalist Hala Feghaly on Monday, through yesterday I'd been inundated with new visitors, mostly from Lebanon. Yes, yes, yes, I know they came by for her, so … Continue reading Our Old School Chums

In The Sunshine

In The Sunshine

Calm has returned after Lebanese journalist Hala Feghaly's presence on my modest blog here attracted a pop star-level horde of visitors yesterday. Yet I'm seeing yesterday's trend beginning again this morning. I've had many more visitors than usual this early in the day (around 7 am, as I post this), which makes sense as Lebanon … Continue reading In The Sunshine

Final Chapters

Final Chapters

I've drafted how Distances ends. Yesterday, I wrote its last chapter. After I'd done so, I took a short Wiltshire walk: I needed one because writing it upset me. I had to get away from my computer for a while. Which I'm sure you're surprised to learn given this lighthearted excerpt?: I'm not giving away … Continue reading Final Chapters

During A Walk In The English Rain

During A Walk In The English Rain

We passed this on "a ramble" yesterday: Just before I snapped that, we'd stopped for a break. I was thirsty. So I had one of these: Because that's what you're supposed to do on a Sunday in England: you take a country walk in the rain and, drenched, at some point you stop at a … Continue reading During A Walk In The English Rain

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

This morning we were out and about in nearby Bradford-on-Avon. Taking advantage of the sun, I grabbed a few photos: A pleasant March 1. Hope you're having a good weekend. 🙂

#JeSuisCharlie In Corsham

Monday, news outlets here in the United Kingdom reported that Wiltshire (our English county) police had "investigated" a newsagent in the small town of Corsham. The shop had sold copies of Charlie Hebdo, and an officer had visited and requested the names of customers who'd bought it. The Guardian explains: Wiltshire police confirmed that one of … Continue reading #JeSuisCharlie In Corsham