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Mindfully Blue

It was a superlative jigsaw. First, the larger-sized pieces allowed for a degree of immersion not possible with smaller pieces. Being only 500, with larger-sized pieces, it could be completed in a day. Second, it was a useful distraction from the carnage in the kitchen where mouse after mouse scurried out from between the cupboard…

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Garner’s Everywhere

We have a new bookshop. Let me be more specific. We now have a local bookshop. It’s quite small and wants to specialise in a subculture to which I do not belong, but it stocks a selection of generically normal books such that I can fulfill an obligation to be supportive. Buying Local. I glance…

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The War of the Worlds

There’s a lot to digest before the story even starts. There are biographical notes on the author, an Introduction that seeks to contextualise the story within the times it was written, a couple of pages listing Further Readings for those readers with a mind to explore further, and something titled ‘Note on the Text’, which…

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Adding my voice to the passing of 2020

I started 2020 by dedicating it as My Year of Less Distractions. Who would have thought a global pandemic, with lockdowns, would play directly into that aim. Thankfully, no conspiracy theory was triggered. As 2020 draws to a close, we are being regaled with the usual round of reflective newspaper articles, blog posts, tubie videos…

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Marina Green

What can I say? Some jigsaws seem routine, mundane and functional. Wandering through the haberdashery and homewares store, shopping for fabric, I unexpectedly spy a pile of jigsaws and pick for purchase the more interesting image of the bunch. An uninspiring jigsaw is still better than no jigsaw, but it makes it difficult to find…

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Walking my garden path

The original path was too narrow, too raised; unsafe. Weeds had overtaken it, up through it or down into it. I pulled up the bricks during lockdown and tried to dig down and level it off. The rains came. It was a mad panic to cover it again or the weeds would return before I…

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One row at a time

It requires a different strategy. Gone is the idea of building the frame and filling in the middle. The edge is black, all the way round, with the barest of subtle variations. Only one side can be built with any confidence. This jigsaw was intended as a treat once the last uni assignment had been…

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Phos

I wanted a longer book; I got a longer book, and then decided it was longer than the content needed it to be. I don’t want that to my takeaway memory. So, now I need to remind myself that Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence was worth the effort and worth remembering. Part way through chapter one, the…

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