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To be Godly is to be good

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 24 Oct 2021, 14:22

To act with complete honesty.

The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight

Ref: Proverbs15. 26 


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The Lord is our shepherd

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 22 Oct 2021, 18:45

The Lord is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

He makes me in lie down in  green pastures. 

(ref; psalm23, the bible)

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A Cheerful yellow Flower

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 21 Oct 2021, 11:22

Yellow Flower

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet..Shakespeare

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 22 Oct 2021, 20:15

A bright deep pink rose

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Observing a flower

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021, 14:51

Pink flower

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Looking ahead to TMA01

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 21 Oct 2021, 02:07

Getting ready to think about the TMA assignment,  now that I have understood much more about creativity, stylistics and literary devices.
Lists made up and memorized,  of the terminology,  connected with linguistic techniques and in analysing poetry styles.
Feeling a bit anxious,  but excited about the process of writing the TMA out, which seems to be in three parts, the two main parts, then another sub part of part 2.
Glad I had a long walk at the weekend, as I will be at home quite a lot now studying. I also went yesterday with my son for a good long walk,  around the perimeter of the village, along the footpaths, so he's ok. The weather is not too good now anyway,  it has been raining for a couple of days.  At the moment son is occupied with the cats and making them a little beds, in various places around the house!
I am bringing my notes all together now,  and focussing my mind on the task ahead. There is still plenty of time, but I have to get on with it,  because I do not want to leave it until the last minute.

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Green Abstract

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The Happy Foragers- a true story

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 24 Oct 2021, 11:19

Today,  I had a long walk with my hubby,  because the weather was so nice and sunny. I had not anticipated it, when he unexpectedly took hold of  my arm,  after we had left the shops, saying,

"It is Saturday, stay here we are going for a walk today!"

"What? but I can't I have to study ...." I tried to protest "I have to study"
"Stay there!" He said firmly pointing to the bench. " I will be back! "
He quickly took the shopping bags back home, while I waited on the bench,  at the end of the street. 

The church clock struck 2pm,  and I  checked my watch, as usual it was 5 minutes fast. It was a such a nice sunny day, like the kind of sunny day you usually experience in summer time. It was officially autumn,  but In fact, I was wearing my summer dress and I carried my empty straw basket with me, as I had earlier on been to the library, to take back some books. Now I sat and watched,  as a few cars passed by at the end of the street, heading towards the nearby supermarket, otherwise fairly quiet, nobody about, and a good day for walking.  I wondered why he was taking so long.

My other half soon joined me again,  this time with a carrier bag hastily packed, with a some  sandwiches, an apple, a large chunk of cheese wrapped in foil, a couple of choclate biscuits and some cartons of cold coffee. I laughed like an excited child "what' s all this then? are we going for a picnic?"

"Yes, exactly!" He said and then very determinedly he added
"We can't miss out on this glorious day! It's maybe one of the last opportunities because soon the colder weather will be here!
Besides, you should have a day off from studying"

I didn't feel like arguing with him. "What about our son ?" I asked "He's ok he is with  Damon,  he sometimes likes to chat with him, and they talk about videos, computer  games together "He will stay with him.. I told him to keep him company.this afternoon"

We set off walking together down the little lane, and along the footpath through the field. The birds were all chirping cheerfully away in the hedges at the end of the field, as we walked down the lane leading onto the open country . The fields smelt fresh after last nights rain.

"Thankyou for taking me for a walk" I told him "it was a nice surprise"
"That's ok I thought you looked like you needed a change" he said smiling.
"I do,  and the exercise too" I laughed patting my tummy.

 "and It's great for us to be together alone for a change" I added sqeezing his arm.  He smiled warmly.

 It was lovely walking along the lane, so quiet appart from the occassional bleating from the nearby sheep who had stopped chewing the grass to stare at us. "Hello sheep,  I bet you are having a lovely day in the sunshine, wandering around in freedom on these hills!" said my nearest and dearest. Laughing I agreed with him. "Yes, no slaughtering today!"

We walked a little further on until we had reached the bench, at the top of the hill beneath the trees. Here,  we stopped sat to have a rest and to eat the hastily packed sandwiches. "Mme salad" I said enthusiastically, "my favourite with organic tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and onions. You haven't lost your touch chef! " a joke we sometimes share, about the time when my husband used  to work in the kitchen.

Now we were sat quietly together looking out across the fields, it was so peaceful out here. then out of nowhere a pair of beautiful blue tits,  landed on the hedge just nearby. "wait" I whispered, as I carefully went to reach for my phone- camera to take a photo, I wanted to take this opportunity to get a snapshot of these lovely little birds!  but unfortunately they flew off!

 "Dam, that would of made a great photo!" I said disappointedly "Never mind, maybe next time"

We finished off the sandwiches and ate some slices of cheese with apple. "Would madam care for  some choclate biscuits ?" He offered me "you know what? I feel quite full now!" I said laughing and resisting the temptation to indulge!

We set off walking again and came upon some mushrooms in an empty field, which we then picked  because they were edible. "The month that ends in "er" is the month of the mushrooms" he told me. "Lovely" I said and placed a couple of handfuls that I had gathered into my basket and he added another handful.
"I know where we can find some apples" I said suddenly. remembering,

"This Way"  I led him along to the very corner of the field and there we found some lovely red apples. He was tall enough to reach the higher branches, that I couldn't reach and I nearly fell over trying, being quite small. He caught me just in time to stop me falling over. "Be Careful!  leave it to me" he said laughing

 " That's great, thanks!"  I said happily,  packing them into my now rather full basket. 

We had just started slowly wandering back towards the village, then suddenly, we heard a strange shuffling noise coming from the bushes. We stopped, listened and moved up closer to peer through the bush, wondering what on earth it could be, and then sddenly  we were met by two big black shiny eyes looking curiously back at us! We laughed it's then when we saw him that we realised who he was.

"Aww,  look, it's the beautiful little white pony!  a minature shetland pony" I said. Only once had we seen him before but only at a distance, now here he was in the field and looking straight at us through the hedge. We stroked him and rubbed his ears. I gave him one of the apples, which he ate quickly and noisily,  chomping into it quite happily. He made some happy snorting sounds which made us both laugh. Then made some braying sounds like he was laughing too.

After that we continued back on our way towards the village, holding hands like a couple of teenagers. "Thanks, for taking me for that walk"  I said smiling up at him, "It was great fun wasn't it?" and he surprised me with a kiss !  

Then he laughed and said "Yes it was fun , do you come here often? " 

Well, who said romance was dead!


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Purple Abstract

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 15 Oct 2021, 15:05

Purple Abstract Picture

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My first tutorial E302

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021, 12:37

I had my first tutorial, of the module E302, this afternoon. I am still quite afraid of technology, and I find it all very daunting , on top of this,  I also suffer from anxiety. I found it very difficult to hear my tutor, because some students were NOT muting their microphones, when they are not in use, so for the first part of the tutorial, my tutor sounded like she was speaking underwater!

However things improved,  then I found the tutorial very informative,  and my tutor was very nice. She was very calm, patient and explained all about the module and what is expected in regards TMAs,  also in terms of referencing.  I feel more confident about tackling the TMA 01 and more clear about what needs to be done. I still need to gather more terminology, and apply it to analysing texts.

The tutor was understanding of the constraints,  and said to focus on the module materials, and what  was being asked for, when analysing the text.

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White flowers

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White flowers

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My Cottage is leaking!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021, 14:25

What  is going on with my Housing association? 🤷‍♀️

The light switch in the bathroom is broken, and when do you think they are coming to fix it ?
In January 2022!

The outside guttering is blocked up and will soon be overflowing with water when it rains, which will then leak into my sons bedroom,  giving him a bad chest again, by the time winter comes along. 😪

They told us by text that "they will not be able to do that repair,  until April 2022!"  Yes, April 2022!  

Can you believe it?

I can not afford to fix it myself,  husband only gets a small pension after recently retiring, and  I don't work,  because I am a carer for my son.

I will just have to pray that it doesn't rain too much this winter!    🌧

Welcome to broken britain! ⚡ 



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Reading and eating knowledge !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 22 Oct 2021, 08:11


Today I re- read chapter 2  of the Sylistics book. I then did the on line exercises units 1- 2-3  to get a bit more understanding of what I had just read.

Wrote down lots more terminology words. I used different coloured pens,  I also wrote the words in my digital note book, which I look at regularly throughout the day, as it is on my mobile phone.

I wanted to get a bit of exercise today, because recently my trips out have been quite short,  and limited. I am getting into some very bad habits, like eating  doughnuts everyday with a cup of coffee, which can't be good for me. I feel like as I am devouring knowledge I also want to devour food!
So I must do something about this,  because that  is not a very healthy trend!

Later this afternoon,  I went out for quite a long  walk alone,  along the footpath that encompasses the whole village. I then extended this walk,  to include the park and the  perimeter of the first field.
The birds were singing away so cheerfully and  I saw some beautifull flowers, I think that I need to do a lot more walks like this!!!


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Autumn leaves picture

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Green woods

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Colour splash

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People watching - poem

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021, 00:19

We're watching as the world goes by
Each person keeps a watchful eye
The pattering of the childrens feet
Their mothers in the garden meet
Each drinking in the midday heat
The sound of wind whistling through a field of wheat
The sound of a ball kicked in the street
The children going to buy a treat
The sound of the rustling leaves
The Jangling of car keys
Some people in the town are shouting
Some children going on an outing
Workmen working on the road
A truck passes by with a heavy load
Women going to the supermarket
A man in a car ponders where to park it
A window cleaner polishes a window clean
A crook that knows that he's been seen
A black cat cries by lamp post green
People dreaming of going up to the coast
Where they can do what they like  doing most

'Watching as the world goes by.'

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The ancient city- poem

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 14 Oct 2021, 21:13

We took a trip into the ancient city
There ate a snack along the way
We browsed the books and antique stalls
Visited museums, art galleries, and shopping malls
Climbed up the hill to see the castle proud and tall
Then  went to look beyond the great city wall
And there, the ghastly gallows we did  spy
Where in days of old and years 
gone by
It was here that they used to- hang them high!

Gill Burrell

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When we were young- .poem

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 18 Oct 2021, 08:42

Life in the country used to be good
In between village,  field and wood
Time went by so slow and easy
The weather was often damp and breezy
Concealed in cottage warm and cosy
when the children were so young and rosy
Then there were joyful songs to be sung
Games to be played
Great books to be read
The fairy stories we read in bed
Hide and seek we played round the shed
Nights in front of fire's golden glow
Singing by the old pia-no
When we were just young
And our lives had begun.
But the house is now cold
And we have grown old

Gill Burrell

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The second week of studies E302

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 9 Oct 2021, 11:13


Today began with Stylistics bookl📕 which I found very interesting, as it gives lots of good examples of poetry techniques. underlined all the terminology, and made notes about what I have just read. I  also read 'Creativity in language' book chapter 3. 📖 I managed to study for a good 2-3 hours today  so that was good. My son was tired and slept for a while. He hadn't slept too well lately so I think he was catching up.

 Anyway this gave me the time and opportunity I needed, to get ahead and  do some serious studying.
In the evening, I cooked the meal a stew which we ate with some crusty bread, it was a hearty meal for an autumn day.  In the evening I listened to classical music, just  for relaxation. then I went to bed. 📻🎼🎵🎶

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Red Abstract -Gill Burrell

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Green Abstract-Gill Burrell

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Abstract Art- Gill Burrell

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Abstract Art

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Poems for children

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 8 Oct 2021, 07:06

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves, like fairies, dancing round and round🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️
They go whirling in the wind, then they fall back to the ground
When the wind picks up again,  they go flying through the air🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️
And finally go off fluttering, without a single care!

The squirrel

There was a cheeky squirrel
Chester was his name
He jumped down from the tree
To play a little game.
He went into the garden
To climb the garden table
Then gathered nuts and acorns
And hid them in the stable!
            🏠     🐿

Gone fishing

Sitting on a bench by a bubbling brook
Watching little fishies avoiding fishing hooks!
                  🎣  🎏

Sleeping cat

There was a sleeping cat
Who lay upon a hat
Now he's squashed it flat
Well, what's the use of that?

A fox

A fox he climbed inside a box
looking for some wooly socks
Instead he found a leather shoe
And said 'well, that will have to do!'
    🦊   🎁 👟


A mouse who lived inside a wood
Thought that it was very good
To  build a house inside a tree
And then invite his friends to tea!🏠☕🍰🐀🐁

Where is Johnny?

Where on earth has Johnny 🚶‍♂️gone?
Said Eleanor to me🤷‍♀️
Hes gone to buy a cherry cake🎂
For us to eat for tea ☕🎂

Lily danced

Lily went dancing through the hay💃🌅
She danced and danced the whole of the day💃 🌞
The night time arrived and she was still there 🌙🎇
And then she ran off to join in the fair    🎢🎡🎪


Evie, Ebony, Piper and Jack
Went to the circus and didn't come back
One was a weight lifter, the other a clown
And the girls walked the tight rope
When the circus came to town!
🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️🏋️‍♂️🤡 🎪

A mouse in a house

Ginger was the cat
White was the house
And underneath the chair
Lived a little brown mouse


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My temple is the Lords

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021, 12:23



I dont need a church to play my little part
My body is my temple
And the Lord is in my heart!

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Jesus said "believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. .But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Ref. John's gospel 

The Bible

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