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November 2005

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Of alfar and huldulfolk

In my novel, I draw on the terms alfar (Icelandic for ‘elf’) and huldulfolk (the hidden people). Currently I am re-reading Alan Garner’s excellent The Weirdstoneof Brisingamen where it has evil goblin/bad-elf type creatures the svart-alfar and the Huldrafolk. I…

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The stirring of the creative soul

Today has been one of those days when it never really seems to get light. Waking in the halflight of morning with grey fog thick around me, it never lifts, and morning blends into afternoon, and the halflight of dusk…

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For the mathematicians out there…

Russell of Kings Lakely bought a pack of four profiterols at Marks & Spencer. The wrapping proclaims ‘10% bigger, 30% more fondant, save 20%’. He paid £1.19, so what was the original price for a bog standard box. Answers on…

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Phillip Pullman has gone into seclusion

Apparently Phillip Pullman has gone into seclusion for two years to write his new book. He is also interested in climate change. I know this because my Dad, at a climate change conference (coincidentally in Oxford) was supposed to be…

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Cold and frosty mornings

Across the fence Originally uploaded by shepline on 20 Nov ’05, 2.01pm PST. Into the morning Originally uploaded by shepline on 20 Nov ’05, 2.01pm PST. Misty tree Originally uploaded by shepline on 20 Nov ’05, 2.01pm PST. Lonely Tree…

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The Blissford Voice is Back!

After rather too long a hiatus, BVToday is back, and in a new guise. The decorators are still in so excuse the mess, but the really exciting things are happening just a stones throw away with the launch of BVToday…

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Did I mention…

…that I am going off to see the new Harry Potter film tonight. Yes. I couldn’t wait any longer – which is interesting, considering Goblet of Fire was my least favourite of the books (needed more editing I thought).

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You win some, you lose some

Last night, I’m not sure how or why, but I ended up on the BBC Oxford site. There was a competition there to win tickets to see Rory Bremner at the New Theatre, Oxford next Monday. It was one of…

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A walk in the country

Country Life Originally uploaded by shepline on 13 Nov ’05, 12.56pm PST. Just as I was composing this shot, with the river, and the lush grass and the ponies further way, the deer decided to run… Magic! 🙂 Current Mood:…

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My friend, Pepper

When I got home from work today (coincidentally after stopping off at the vet to pick up more food, and arranging with Kathy over the way to come in over the weekend whilst I am away), I discoverd Pepper, curled…

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Farewell to Grannie

Today, we gathered as a family at Amersham Crematorium to say our goodbyes to Grannie Shepherd. The coffin, before us, seemed so very small set out in front of us. To go in by, we couldn’t find a copy of…

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Wind gusts sheets of rain across the deserted forecourt under a leaden-grey sky. A van with blacked-out windows stands alone by the petrol pumps with it’s tarpaulin covered trailer buffeted by the wind and the rain. Within the service station,…

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