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My 2018 Reading Challenge

My 2018 Reading Challenge

‘Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.’ – Joseph Addison. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been thinking about reading more. I used to read a lot. We grew up without a television, which meant that books provided a lot of our entertainment. Every Christmas, our last present under the tree would be a pile of books wrapped in festive paper. I would invariably proceed to devour said books as quickly as possible. I’ve…

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My 2018 Ambitions

My 2018 Ambitions

‘My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life.’ – Natalie Massenet. Since 2016, I have written a post to welcome the new year in and outline my ambitions for the coming months. 2018 is no exception, and I have plenty I want to achieve over the next twelve months. In My 2017 Ambitions I outlined several goals I wanted to fulfil. Let’s start with those goals I…

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Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017

‘We do not remember days, we remember moments.’ – Cesare Pavese. Every year, I write a reflection post on the past 365 days, looking back over everything I’ve done and remembering the highlights, the bad times and throwing up some of my favourite images taken. You can find my previous posts here, reflecting on 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 has been a busy year. And the time has flown. I can barely believe I am writing my annual reflection post…

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Going Back to Wales

Going Back to Wales

‘There’s no place like home.’ – Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Going back to Wales feels nostalgic. The best thing my parents ever did was to move our family to Wales when I was nine years old. I didn’t know it then, but growing up in Wales would come to shape me into the human I am today. Although I don’t go back very often anymore, Wales will always have my heart. I smile slightly to myself as the train…

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Reasons To Return

Reasons To Return

‘The land is always there… it is you who has to return.’ – Munia Khan.  I ran into a woman from the Netherlands whilst crossing the Dursey Strait on a cable car to go and walk around Dursey Island. It was one of those chance encounters where we didn’t catch each others names or plan to meet again later, but we walked together for much of the way and chatted aimiably about many things. The weather was pretty bad. Dense…

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HTMW Recaps: September 2017

HTMW Recaps: September 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really. September is my favourite month of the year, as summer fades and there’s that wonderful slide into autumn, with crunchy leaves, golden colours, hazy light and mornings with a snap in the air. So this…

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The Irresistible Urge to Write

The Irresistible Urge to Write

‘If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.’ – Naguib Mahfouz. Oh, how I’ve missed writing. You have no idea. The tap of my fingers on the keys as I type. Melodic, rhythmic, making something, making words appear in black against the white background, making a story, pinning down a memory, a thing to share with you. I’ve even missed screwing up my eyes when I can’t be bothered to fetch…

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A Brief Interlude

A Brief Interlude

‘Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.’ – Anne Lamott. You may have noticed that lately, I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my blog. This is despite repeatedly saying I am going to write more, I am going to put up more posts, edit more photos and generally spend more time getting my content out there. Alas, nothing has come of these assertions and I have found myself in…

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The Small Things

The Small Things

‘And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a t-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when…

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On Returning: A Range of Emotions

On Returning: A Range of Emotions

‘Your emotions are meant to fluctuate… It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.’ – Daniel Gilbert. The featured image in this post is one of my absolute favourites from The Long Journey Home, taken in Beijing at the Olympic Park. The longest stint I was away from friends and family in the UK was fourteen months, and coming back after all that time away was…

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