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The calm after the storm

Storm Doris didn’t really hit my local area until yesterday morning was well under way. When I went to work at 7am it was fine, dry and there was no wind; I don’t know exactly when the rain started but when I came out of work at 8.30am it was lashing down and I got drenched just running across the car park to the van. 404 more words

Weekend walks

Going for a walk over the weekend is one of the best ways to blow the cobwebs away and spend some much needed time outdoors. Last weekend my boyfriend and I had a little trip to Farley Mount (near Winchester, Hampshire), we parked in a nearby car park and made our way up to the monument where we had some lovely views of the great British countryside. 25 more words

Village Life In Snowy Jilin

China’s icy northeast relies on winter tourism as a source of growth

By Duncan Gordon

There is only one road to Xuecun (Snow Village). It is long, bumpy and, at this time of year, covered in ice. 1,139 more words


Early Bloomers

Here’s some flowers that I planted as bulbs in my local church yard. Protected at the base of the church tower they raced the snowdrops to see who could bloom first. It was a tie.

Leaves in a Puddle

The rain falls, and with it brings down the leaves of autumn.

Coming Up for Air (1939) by George Orwell

The author of this novel, George Orwell, most famously known for his satires on society in Animal Farm and 1984, here composes what can be interpreted as the preliminary text in a trilogy which serves as a worthy political antecedent to these two great, significant literary pieces. 955 more words