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I have been sadly neglecting this blog, except when cornered like a rat, which is why I have been signing up for the Tarot Blog Hop regularly. Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind, though that does mean that I have only been writing about Tarot lately and neglecting the myriad of other projects etc. that keep me too busy to…err…write my blog.

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Conferring in 2016

Dinner

I’ve just got back from another hugely enjoyable TABI Conference in Birmingham. Everyone is always very friendly and inclusive, so the social aspect is great fun, as you can probably see from the pic of Friday night’s dinner.

As something of a veteran – I’ve been to almost all of them, and helped organise several in my time – it was lovely to see old friends, put voices to online faces and to meet newcomers to the event. This year, we had something of an international gathering with attendees from Germany, Switzerland and even Australia!

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Fit for A King

Sánchez_Coello_Royal_feastAs you may know, I have something of an interest in historic food. I’ve made dishes from Richard II’s cook’s book A Forme of Cury, early editions of Mrs Beeton’s Household Management, recipes from the two World Wars, Medieval Poland, and a whole host of others across several centuries. Some I have taken from copies of the original texts, others have been aided by the research of the likes of  Clarissa Dickson Wright, Dorothy Hartley and a whole host of historians throughout the ages, professional and amateur. You’ll find some of my efforts on the virtual pages of this very blog.

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Jollidays (in pictures)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve just returned from a week in lovely Snowdonia, so I thought, as is traditional, I’d bore you with share a few holiday snaps 😀 Step through the portal into North Wales….

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Uninspired

boxIt’s gone! Left, deserted, bailed, quit, abdicated and, to all intents and purposes, buggered off.

Yes, my inspiration has taken my muse away to languish on some far distant shore and abandoned me to the January Blues with nary even a bottle of wine in which to take solace. My motivation has left in disgust and the doldrums are conspiring with the dust bunnies, sniggering at my despair from beneath the sofa. The box of tricks is empty, the cupboard bare, my creativity has fled, gone, as we say, for a burton.

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Postcards from 2015

2-postcard_back-am-final-flatwAs the song says: Another year over, and what have we done?

Well, I don’t know about you, but here is a summary of my year, in pictures 😀

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The old and the new

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Bloody Super!

MoonI’m up and about for the third time this morning, thanks to two alarms and a dog, who woke me up at 2am, rather earlier than the 3am alarm I’d set to get me up for the total Lunar Eclipse this morning. In fact, having barely managed to get back to sleep, I almost failed to get up altogether and did miss the initial phase. I’m very glad that I did though, as it was quite a spectacular sight.

As you may be aware, photography and astronomy are two of my favouritest-est things, (the thumbnail pic is one I took earlier in the year), so the opportunity to snap our nearest cosmic neighbour decked out in festive colour was too good to miss, despite much bleariness of eye and brain.

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