Autumn Days

As summer slides towards autumn, a reminder of what Jonathan Safran Foer said. “August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages.”

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Living in rural France

Living in rural France makes for some fascinating times.  Between writing, building web sites and maintaining a large garden and orchard it is impossible to become bored.  First of all, I need to set the scene.  I live in a hamlet of 5 houses.  Typically for this region, 1 is unoccupied, 2 are used as…

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Before the storm – Preview of Converging Lines

He was also pessimistic about the developing storm. ‘From what I hear, it could turn out to be one of the worst in many years.  You are lucky that the Captain holds to his word because the delay caused by our little detour to Bordeaux could be costly.  He would prefer to outrun it across…

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February

  On the wind in February Snowflakes float still, Half inclined to turn to rain, Nipping, dripping, chill. ~Christina Georgina Rossetti, “A Year’s Windfalls,” 1866

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Inspiration

Writing a book is a daunting challenge.  Writing your first book is terrifying.  There are days when everything runs smoothly but equally, there are days – lots of them – when you feel that you will never be able to write another word.  Believe me – I’ve been there, convinced that I should just walk…

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Midwinter

It’s a long time since I wrote any code but here goes – if day.length = shortest then (light.level = minimum) AND (season.summer) = coming

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Identity Theft

A few years ago, I was a frequent visitor to the Alhambra Palace in Granada.  One of my favourite books about the place was ‘Tales of the Alhambra’ by Washington Irving.  Irving is better known as the writer of Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This book however tells of his time…

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