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WPC-Reward

Friday 27th February 2015

Reward

What does reward mean to you?    Listening to good music - seeing the smiles on daughters face - eating good food - and finally having plenty of money to live.

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Gerry A/C 2015©

February 27, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Humourous, Interest, Love, Music, Personal, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

WPC – Rule of Thirds

Saturday 21st February 2015.

Rule of Thirds

This week, compose your subject off-center, obeying the Rule of Thirds.

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Gerry A/C 2015©

February 21, 2015 Posted by | Personal | 26 Comments

WPC – Symmetry

Sunday 15th February 2015

Symmetry

This week, share an image of symmetry.

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Gerry A/C 2015©

February 15, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Ghostly, Love, Music, New Forest, News, Personal, Uncategorized | , , , , | 20 Comments

Scale.

Friday 6th February 2015

Scale

This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo.

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February 6, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Interest, New Forest, Personal, Space, Uncategorized | 25 Comments

Sprig of Thyme

Tuesday February 3rd 2015

Forest song

Below you will read and hopefully listen to the songs, but after a large amount of research I found several versions of the same song. However none sang the same lyric, all different to the ones shown below, and this does seem to be the trend of these songs. Some lyric has altered words but with the same meaning, some sing the verses in different orders and some have completely different words. Hope you enjoy regardless of the changes or differences.

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Gerry A/C 2015

February 3, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Humourous, Interest, Music, New Forest, Personal, Poetry, Uncategorized | 18 Comments

Ytene…

Thursday 29th January 2015

Ytene: The Forest -New Forest. 

Echoes of ancient times

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The New Forest is old, it is in fact ancient. The beech and oak woodland is typical of how much of England’s landscape would  have been in pre-medieval times.

However, an ancient meaning of the word ‘forest’ is open hunting ground, not just woodland, and this very much applies to the New Forest because it contains great stretches of heathland and bogland – some of which, like Cranes Moor, are the same today as they would have been after the last glaciation. This is highly unusual in the intensely managed landscape of England.

Much of the Forest, (as the New forest is commonly called locally) looks quite unlike the rest of the county.

The landscape has become a saleable commodity, it would cost an absolute fortune to buy as much as a shed in the Forest, but the thing that has made the Forest such a place for stories is it’s marginality , it’s thin soil and lack of agricultural fertility: it’s wildness. These are the qualities that make it a refuge and lurking place for people on margins: outcasts, dissenters gypsies, vagabonds – those without means or money.

There are the people that seem to have been in the Forest forever-the people who may have resented the Saxons and the Danes as much as they resented the Normans. And it was with the Normans that the name ‘New Forest’ arrived. The old name for the Forest was ‘Ytene’, and it only took on the banal name ‘New Forest’ because it was William the Conqueror’s new forest, where, as William of Gloucester put it: ‘Gane of hondes he loved y nou, and of the wilde beste. And his forest and hys wodes, and most ye nywe forest.’

William made the Forest Crown property, and imposed forest law. Forest law operated outside common law and protected the ‘vert’ (the vegetation of the Forest) and the game there: the boar, the hare, the coney, the pheasant, the partridge, the wolf, the fox, the marten, the roe deer – but most of all, the red deer. It was due to this royal ownership that the Forest survived.

Stories have developed through the years, suggesting that William cleared the Forest of its inhabitants, destroyed villages and churches, and drove people from their land – but there is no archaeological evidence to support this. The lack of agricultural fertility indicates there would not have been a large farming population anyway. I write this but in my personal experience there is a large farming community, many farms ranging from cattle  and milk and crops. I went to school with many kids from farmsteads. This would be modern day rather than in William the Conqueror’s time.

But still the laws were harsh, and hungry people were banned from hunting deer. This must have created such resentment, and hence poaching became rife. And how this would have created stories and from different times and merging creating and affecting what we read today. Stories passed down and from families and diaries and of course what little of written records.  This will lead us onto King Rufus, of whom I have already done a post about.

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January 29, 2015 Posted by | Personal | 26 Comments

Three Little Words

Sunday 25th January 2015.

Sandra’s.

THE HODGE-PODGE WRITING CHALLENGE

To join in with this little challenge and for the rules then please click the link below, and see if you can blow your mind,,, Like I did. I am now a mindless person not knowing what day it is…  (I would have said fool but thought better of letting everyone know my problems),  Enjoy.

https://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/the-hodge-podge-writing-challenge/

  My three words are — Suspicious – Books – Shaking. Taken from Prophecy by Peter James.

1. He was becoming suspicious of the information he was given as he was shaking all the leaves of the books looking for the document.

2. She plonked them onto the desk, she began shaking she had never done this before, the librarian was very very suspicious, she just knew that the librarian was going to fine her for bringing the books back late.

3. His computer kept flashing up ‘suspicious file warning’, this time he started shaking with worry because he knew he would have to dig out his instruction books.

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Gerry A /C 2015.

January 25, 2015 Posted by | Feelings an Attitudes, Humourous, Interest, Love, Music, New Forest, News, Personal, Poetry, Space, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

Express Yourself Yeh Right! (WPC)

Friday 23rd January 2015.

Express Yourself

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/express-yourself/

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Gerry A/C 2015©

January 23, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Humourous, Interest, Love, Music, New Forest, Personal, Uncategorized | 16 Comments

To Finish or to Continue!

Tuesday 20th January 2015

To Finish or to Continue. Another trivial piece.

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Yesterday I commented on a blog, no ordinary blog, but Jo’s blog of – https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/  a fabulous blog by the way and if you don’t know of it or her I suggest you pop over and have a look. Sorry, I go astray I am not really trying to publicize another blog, by the way she doesn’t really need me praising her anyway. But it was her reply that inspired this trivial piece.

 

Since Christmas I have been dealing with personal stuff, as I said on Jo’s post, but also been trying to finish a story. The story I refer to is the one I did for last November’s ‘NANOWRIMO’ Winner November 2014 Cert and many of you might know I passed the 50000 words to complete the task, for the fourth time. {Brag, brag blowing my own trumpet again} well it is great to boast about something once in a while, innit? especially if we are very proud of what we have done. Don’t we? I first did ‘Nano’ in 2011 and the story I did for this is still unfinished, I actually started it when I was a teenager, way before computers, it was all handwritten and after so many years it became very hard to decipher with all my notes on my pages. However the story went well, I wrote well over 65,000 words, and  completed the task. I did continue for a while after Nano’, but it is still a long way off from finishing. One day, one day.

The current story I am working on has been progressing well although slowly and I must admit the story I like very much. Its characters are all named after my brothers and sister and other characters are named after their friends and my friends, all starting from my teenage years and upwards. All names slightly altered. But I do have a problem, a nice problem but a problem all the same. Back in November I had thought I would finish it, I was after all doing a continuation and my total word count had reached over 80,000 and I could see the end. However the more I wrote the more ideas came into my mind and I kept adding more to it. More characters being brought in, more lines, more evil and long plan battle ideas, I do not know if this adds to the story in a good way or bad but it is my imagination. Anyway I am nearing to finishing and then I get the problem, what do I do after? 

Like my two other completed stories – My Dream 2012(love story) and The Parchment 2013(fantasy adventure) they remain on my hard drive.The Knight of the Oak 2011(subtitle King of the Wood after a poem of mine) my original attempt still to be finished, my characters are still waiting for me in the village of the dead. I think my stories are good, the story lines are original and mostly based around the New Forest, my only feeling is that the writing itself is not that good. I read many blogs and the standard of writing is very high, while mine I think is not to the standard required. Even after editing.

So my bottom line is to finish it and then continue?

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Gerry A/C 2015©

January 20, 2015 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Ghostly, Humourous, Interest, Love, News, Personal, Uncategorized | 36 Comments

Christmas 2014.

Christmas Day 2014.

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This post was originally going to be posted last year. But unfortunately as you may know I was rushed into hospital and there I remained for a month. So I have decided to posted it for this years beautiful Xmas.  May you all have a wonderful Xmas and a fabulous new year. Thank you for your support.

Xmas 2014

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December 24, 2014 Posted by | Artistic., Feelings an Attitudes, Humourous, Interest, Love, Music, News, Personal, Poetry, Space, Uncategorized | 32 Comments

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