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Summertime begins ….

The clocks go forward tomorrow.  Daffodils, pussy-willow, forsythia and mahonia are brightening up the garden.  Pansies are budding and the magnolia buds are about to burst.  It must be spring.  Plenty of frogspawn this year too.

We have had bright days but cold east winds, not uncommon for this time of year.  I only have two  more assignments to complete before the big EMA and another year’s study will be complete.

My February assignment was fascinating – the Benin Bronzes.

A completely new subject for me but so worthwhile being able to go and see the bronzes in the British Museum.

The next assignment is due at the beginning of April.  I have a choice, Cultural Exemptions or the Short Story.   I had intended to select the short story option but a sudden change of mind and I am going for the philosophy one which will be a challenge but isn’t that what study should be – challenging!

Then only one more assignment – a reflective essay – before the big EMA.  There are three options but I’m still undecided which one to choose.  Will it be sacred places, the seaside resort or rational recreation?


Weekly Photo Challenge – Carefree Butterflies and Bees

I have been taking photographs, trying to catch butterflies and bees but without great success.  These are just a few of the better ones.  It was good to see so many white butterflies but whether they were large or small cabbage whites or even striped ones it is hard to say.  Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Red Admiral a little easier to recognize and there is even a small brown one.  However, identification of bumble bees remains beyond me, as do many things at the moment.  It has not been the best of months confidence wise but hey, it can only get better.  The weather though continues to be the best summer we have had for a long time, so that is something to be thankful for.

I have submitted this for the weekly photo challenge of Carefree because just looking at the butterflies and bees floating around the garden enjoying the lavender and buddleia made me feel a whole lot better.

On This Day in July


July’s featured writer in my calendar is Ernest Hemingway with the quote:

Always do sober what
you said you’d do drunk.
That will teach you to
keep your mouth shut.

Facts you may not know:  he committed suicide in 1961, won both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, married four times, ran with bulls, went on safari, and survived several car accidents and two plane crashes.

His most famous works are


A Farewell to Arms
The Sun Also Rises
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Old Man and the Sea

‘All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.’

Notable dates in July:

  • 2nd July 1977 … Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov dies
  • 3rd July 1883 … Metamorphosis author Franz Kafka is born
  • 9th July 1951 … The Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett is sentenced for refusing to testify in the McCarthy hearings
  • 11th July 1960 … To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published.  It would be banned in several American schools
  • 16th July 1951… Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger was published.  It would be banned in several high school in both USA and Canada
  • 18th July 1817 …  Jane Austen dies
  • 20th July 1933 … Cormac McCarthy is born – No Country for Old Men author
  • 21st July 1899 … Ernest Hemingway born
  • 26th July 1894 …  Aldous Huxley born – Brave New World author
  • 31st July 1965 …  J K Rowling born – Harry Potter author


And finally, as she is to be the face of future £10 Bank of England notes, a quote from Jane Austen:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.