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Dunraven in December

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The Jurassic cliffs of the Glamorgan coast, seen from Southerndown

It has been a stormy couple of weeks in the UK, but there have been beautifully fine days in between. Christmas Day was one of them, so we went for a walk at Southerndown on Glamorgan’s Jurassic Coast. This area is officially called Dunraven Bay and it (more…)

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Fergus the Frosty Sheep - my favourite Christmas card this year, from Cancer Research UK

Fergus the Frosty Sheep – my favourite Christmas card this year, from Cancer Research UK

The festive season is a time to take stock as well as to eat, drink and be merry, so I am taking this opportunity to look through my (neglected) list of blog followers, and to acknowledge you all with thanks, if I can.

As I write, I am surprised to find that I have 99 followers! Although some of these now seem to be “ghosts”. Here I will share those I think are worth your attention for their own blogs…

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Shiny! Pandora bangles seem to be all the rage this Christmas…

This is a sudden post. And all because there was a long queue of people through the door of a shop in Cardiff the other day and I was surprised to find it was the Pandora jewellery shop. The ideal Christmas gift for young and stylish women?

Very shiny, quite expensive, needing no thought at all, or maybe too much thought, (more…)

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Liquidambar leaves on the frosty lawn…

It has been a long, slow autumn. Usually it is sharp and sweet between September and November, but this year some autumn colour has remained long into December. I guess it’s because we haven’t had enough hard frost yet.

Eventually the last ash leaf (more…)

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Nelson Mandela in Cardiff, June 1998

I hadn’t expected to post this today, but when I heard the news that Nelson Mandela had died at the age of 95 I felt I needed to write. I found my old diary entry for the day Nelson Mandela received the freedom of the city of Cardiff, on Tuesday, June 16, 1998 – I was there and I want to remember the great man and that lovely day.

At the time (more…)

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