Carpe Annum

In comparison to 2016, with its diagnosis, chemotherapy and a few weeks holiday in the North East and Scotland, 2017 seems to have slipped into obscurity almost unnoticed. In fact things happened but not in the same way. There were milestones (in July it was 18 months from diagnosis when I was told that without treatment I had got 18 months; I got a certificate congratulating me for being in an Institution for 50 years; a 70th Birthday Party) and other activities that I have only alluded to in this blog. Continue reading “Carpe Annum”


I survived class 5

The topic which my granddaughter’s class is focusing on this half term is “Extreme earth” and they have been reading Meredith Hooper’s book “Ice trap!” about Shackleton’s Endurance expedition as well as finding out about Antarctica. I had given her a copy of my Furthest South book to take in and on Monday when I went to collect the girls from school I was asked by her class teacher if I would go in and talk to the class about Antarctica. Of course I agreed and 11am on Wednesday morning was the time set for me to do this. Continue reading “I survived class 5”

Blog to book or not to book?

Every so often I see an offer to turn my blog into a book. Should I try to do this? I like to have the printed word  in hard copy so that I can feel it in my hand. I often print out longer documents to read rather than trying to digest them on the screen. And of course you can make comments and add annotations or just add “Post-it” notes on key pages. If you’re not quite sure what you are looking for it is easier to flick through a book rather than try to use a search function when you don’t know what word to use. Continue reading “Blog to book or not to book?”

To write, or to learn to write?

I was interested to read that a fellow blogger has just signed up for writer’s conference. I have occasionally thought that if there was a local writers or photography group would I join it? After all I have been doing it for so long there can be little scope for improvement! Indeed, as an Addison, I am happy to acknowledge Samuel Johnson’s statement “Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.” Continue reading “To write, or to learn to write?”