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Castles in the Air

This picture of Arundel Castle was taken last April when we visited Arundel; we didn’t actually make it up to the castle through the driving rain but my partner got a couple of shots through the gloom. ¬†I made this one black and white as it looked fairly spooky otherwise.

It’s not actually in the air of course, just up a steep hill ūüôā

‘Castles in the air’ is a phrase to describe ideas that are unlikely to happen. ¬†Sometimes I feel like that about my writing but I know that I’ll carry on working at it whether an agent picks my novel(s) up or not, so it’s not really true. ¬†It is something my characters have to face on occasion though!

But looking at the solidity of the castle, and thinking about what history this castle has survived, gives me hope.

We have no idea, when we create something, how long it will survive us. ¬†It may not; it may be lost in the ether. ¬†But the men who laid the stones of these walls, or who built the original motte-and-bailey castle on this site, wouldn’t have imagined the world that still looks in on this building. ¬†They wouldn’t have imagined mobile phones, or cars, or the computer I’m typing on. ¬†Their work outlived them by countless generations.

We can’t guarantee what will survive us of the work we produce – all we can do is work, and hope, and work some more.

Here’s to hoping that the clouds our dreams rest on are as solid as mountains.

Happy writing,






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Look away now if you have entomophobia or apiphobia…

Last year when my partner and I were on retreat, we heard the most unnerving noise: it sounded a bit like all the bees in the world were gathering outside.

It wasn’t all the bees, of course; just one swarm who had decided to leave their hive, so a new one had to be constructed for them at a rapid rate! ¬†My partner managed to get a picture before we threw ourselves inside and shut all the windows…



You know, Doctor Who was wrong – they aren’t really from Melissa Majoria. ¬†This lot didn’t even try leaving Wales ūüôā

I think of bees as a sign of the coming of spring; in the last few weeks I’ve seen many bumble¬†bees and even had a solitary bee fly under my sunglasses and rest on the lens, right by my eye. ¬†I wasn’t too keen on that and rehomed him on a daffodil but I’m sure there’s some meaning to it!

In fact, bees are a great dream portent for writers, and there’s all sorts of folklore about them. ¬†Nothing about my experience¬†though; maybe I should use my writing instincts to make my own lore.

Hmmm – ‘if a bee flies under your sunglasses, it is a sign that the day will be bright and the wind temperate.’

That would work – it was a lovely sunny day¬†and only really windy on a hilltop. ¬†I’m not sure I could test it though!

Bees numbers have declined in recent years, so it’s great to see them starting to reappear and to watch them go about their pollen-collecting business. And as the economic cost of that decline has been put at up to $5.7bn per year, it’s also a timely reminder of how much our existence is tied in with other life forms on the planet.

I’m happy to see the bees bumbling around making fruit and seeds in my garden – and I’m looking forward to returning to our retreat in a few weeks, and seeing if this lot are all settled into their new home!

Happy writing,





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This month’s challenge is inspired by Martin Luther King Jnr, and the challenge is to share our dream of peace.

When I started planning this post I was thinking about¬†Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy¬†of Needs’¬†¬†– the principle of this model being that¬†humans need certain things for physical and psychological well-being.

But I don’t really dream in pyramids – and a dream is rarely as structured as a psychological model…

Instead I read the ‘I have a dream’ speech. ¬†Growing up in the UK, my knowledge of the speech really focussed on that most famous section. ¬†But as I read it, I had the strongest reaction to a phrase that appeared much earlier: ‘the fierce urgency of now’.

A dream is about a hoped-for future.  For that, I dream of a world where everyone is equal, everyone is well, everyone is safe, has food, has shelter. Where everyone is free.

But the fierce urgency of now means not sitting and waiting for the future we want, but working towards it.  Finding an internal peace is one part of that, and taking action to spread the word of peace is another.

There are hundreds of ways to do this, and mine are rather small, in the grand scheme of things. ¬†I take part in B4Peace and hope to make people think about peace, even if just for a few minutes. ¬†I’ve written and shared poetry about peace. ¬†I get involved in community activities.

It’s hardly a speck on the radar of world peace, but you never know who you can encourage, inspire and engage. ¬†Maybe someone has read my posts, and joined B4Peace; maybe they read a poem and felt calm, for a moment. ¬†Maybe they joined in with something unexpectedly, and it gave them a sense of purpose and wellbeing. ¬†I hope all these things have happened, and who can say what will grow from the seeds of peace we’re sharing?

So I don’t just want to look forward. ¬†A dream of peace is a wonderful thing, but we shouldn’t lose the importance of now.

Happy writing,



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