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August 2009

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The Bank Holiday Weekend (Part II)

~ Spent more time than I would have liked crawling around in a bush by the Bicester ringroad trying (and failing) to get Bella out from beneath it. ~ Made 12lbs of blackberry jam… ~ Harvested 1½ lbs of crab…

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Tricolour

We have thrice the layers in the Bicester Chicken department of ShepFood Ltd… Today, Solveig, lay her first egg – it was smeared in blood, so ouch, that first lay must hurt – and brown in colour. So now we…

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The Bank Holiday Weekend (Part I)

It doesn’t seem like yesterday that we headed off down to the New Forest (with Grannie on board) for a weekend in the New Forest; it seems like much longer. We’ve had such a lovely time, arriving in time for…

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Geocaching

Randomly, I’ve just noticed that I’ve been *followed* on twitter by a user called geocaching101 which is weird and ever-so-slightly random. Yes, I know what geocaching is but I’ve made no mention of it anywhere on twitter. What is really…

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Compelled To Write

My lunchtime routine is settling down nicely. I have a bit of a read whilst I eat my lunch, and then write a bit more to Mr Tumnal afterwards. I don’t get a lot written – maybe a couple of…

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Education Education Education

So it’s GCSE results day. Following on the heals of A-Level results day and Scottish Highers, once again Thursdays in August follow a similar and predictable pattern. Quite apart from the fact that for the current crop of students it…

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Twitter vs. BBC News

I’m not a cricket fan, but I do find it amusing that @jane‘s twitter update beats the BBC’s breaking news in alerting of the fate of some ashes. Indeed, I went straight to the BBC news pages to read more,…

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Bicester Zoo expands into lagomorphs

It was Emma’s last weekly day off before she starts her new rota, so she spent it going to visit Greenford to visit her vet nurse friends and to collect the new additions to the Shepherd family. Since she was…

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Friday Muse-ings

Today has felt a bit like the end of term. It’s deathly quiet in the office, and I had a very nice lunch out in Little Clarendon Street (surely one of the best streets in the whole of Oxford?) with…

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Displaced

Thomas is physically at work in Oxford, but is mentally in Louis Tumnal’s house in Wren Hoe (a university town on the edge of the Cotswolds)…

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Fifth Time!

It seems that little Bella Shepherd enjoys going off and exploring bushes but then once she goes so far, can’t remember how to get home. For the fifth time since May, I have had to go out and coax her…

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Head-Twisted

As I get myself deeper into writing my new novel, I’m finding myself increasingly in the head of Louis Tumnal, who has lots of people in his head and is also the invention of a fictional person who is also…

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Herb Harvest

Ever since we released our herbs (and particularly mine) from there incarceration in pots they have romped away in the herb garden. I have now harvested a load, and hung them up to dry in the kitchen. It looks and…

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Baking Bread

Having come by the recipe for sundried tomato foccacia bread, and as of this evening, all the ingredients (namely the sundried tomatos!), tonight I made some. Whilst the breadmaker took most the strain, there was a certain amount of kneeding…

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Interesting…

If not on a Friday afternoon, when is it better time to have your head implode? I wish I could understand as well I want to… A physicist looks at The Time Traveler’s Wife. – By Dave Goldberg – Slate…

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The Scale of Wonkiness

I’m really enjoying writing Mr Tumnal’s story. On a scale of 1-10 of wonkiness its no. 11 and some, its so completely twisted and out there it actually makes sense, and love how I am referencing and acknowledging other things…

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The Birth of the Creative

Want a website for your club, charity, business, band, or book? Want a quality design at a fixed and open cost? You know who you gonna call… 🙂 Shepline Creative Website design at affordable and fully priced options If you…

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Back on the interview trail

Finally! I was beginning to think that I wasn’t going to get another one, but yes, yes I have. I have an interview. Weirdly though, I felt sure it wasn’t to be in this case as the closing date was…

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