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Happy New Year! ​Hogmanay is a Scottish festival to mark the end of the year

‘Lang may yer lum reek, in yer ain wee hoose!’ Long may your chimney smoke, in your own small house. In other words, may you live long, and prosper. ‘What a year it’s been?’‘Aye, Where’s it gone?’ It’s the same conversation every year as is the merriment to...
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Being creative from wherever you are!

I fell and fractured my coccyx and sacrum, not too badly, but enough that I had to stay still. No haring about the countryside, in fact no driving at all. I sat on a cushion cut out so there would be no pressure on my spine and I had no choice but employ my time in sedentary...
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What does your family tree reveal?

Family trees connect us to our ancestors, and perhaps help us understand ourselves better. My Family Tree Family trees fascinate me. I learn not only the names of my ancestors, but also their occupation, and important dates used to mark their life, births, marriages, and dea...
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Rather they are always Good! But they do like some fun.  Fun is their middle name, if truth be told. Second anthology in Tangled series  Jen Yates, Leigh D’Ansey and Caroline Bagshaw have been creating words to tantalize and titivate in the second volume of three...
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"The Three Quills are Born?"

“What?” “Never?” “It can’t be true.” “But it is.” “Who are they?” Jen Yates, Leigh D’Ansey and Caroline Bagshaw have pulled on their muslins, donned their jewels, and whipped out their feathered nibs. Together they are The Three Quills, not to be conf...
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Do you need a Retreat?

February 2, 2021
"Retreat? From what? Why on earth would I do that? I am a woman with a million and one things to do at home, why would I retreat?” Retreating from home One of the Cambridge dictionary definition of retreat is a move back by soldiers or an army, either because they have b...
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What do you say to a 500-word writing challenge each day for the rest of your life?

I am a writer but haven’t published my first novel yet. It is on its way. Still in the womb. In the past twelve years I have written creative pieces, travel stories, and my journal, but have I published? The answer was a big fat NO! Until last year, when my dear friends Je...
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Learning to dance

“May I have the pleasure?” Before a lady could accept such an offer from any suitor she needed to learn to dance. ...
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November 12, 2020
Ah! Freedom is a noble thing! No words are truer now than they were in 1376 when John Barbour wrote them. Inspiration Here I was rummaging in my Granny’s library for something else and came across this mighty poem. It resonated with me, brought Scottish friends to mind, a...
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