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Sunny staycation!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 11 Jul 2022, 18:31

I cannot really afford a holiday abroad or anywhere else for that matter, so this year I just spend time walking in the countryside, near to where we live. There is a beautiful wood that is a nature reserve, so we visit there sometimes.

At home we have a large paddling pool in the back garden, where I sometimes go in for a dip when it gets too hot !

I placed the pool in a sheltered spot behind the shed and the fence so it is very secluded. It is my hideaway! Behind another fence is a wooded area, with lovely overhanging  trees from the old peoples residential home, so this keeps my garden cool and shaded.

 This is a quiet area behind the home, so is not used by many as they mostly use the front door. This spot in my garden is quiet here.
With this lovely hot weather I can sit outside in my garden, feet in the paddling pool with a cold drink in my hand, read my book and just make believe I am on holiday!

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A Delicate Damselfly

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 17:42

Blue Dragonfly

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Today while out walking close to the field near my village, I spotted this lovely blue dragonfly./ damselfly They look so fragile and have a blue iridescent body with transparent wings. It just hovered there in front of me, very beautiful,  it's wings beating really fast, then it darted away. Amazing! Not quite sure which is head or tail on my photo!

Blue Dragonfly in a field


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Sowing and Reaping

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 8 Jul 2022, 14:25

Quotation with picture of a field

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Volunteer gardening- feel good factor

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 17 Jul 2022, 12:51

Today I had a great day volunteering, weeding a car park!
It was behind the town hall.
It took us (four people) about 1 hour to take away all the weeds, taking it steady,. The car park was full of litter and had a lot of nettles and thorns.  It was quite a big car park too with a border round, I really enjoyed clearing it. 

It actually felt like a really good work out, where my whole body was exercised with pulling, bending, digging and stretching. Now when the people go there to park their car, it will look so clean and  tidy also when pedestrians pass by they will notice the difference too.

This weekend I will be doing a litter picking with some others, so that should be good. I feel like I have lost a little bit of weight, also I feel a lot stronger for it. I am happy to help to make my village look clean and tidy.

A group of people gardening

The gardening team!


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A step forward for the environment !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 8 Jul 2022, 14:32

La Banque centrale européenne (BCE) a annoncé, lundi 4 juillet, le début d’un important tournant environnemental, en introduisant des critères verts dans une partie de ses opérations. Si la mise en place complète des mesures prendra des années, celles-ci devraient se répercuter dans l’ensemble du système financier. Christine Lagarde, la présidente de la BCE, avait lancé le chantier peu après sa prise de fonction, fin 2019. A l’époque, le sujet était encore largement tabou dans le monde très conservateur des banquiers centraux. Une partie d’entre eux s’inquiétaient de voir la banque centrale sortir de son mandat officiel, à savoir assurer la stabilité des prix.

En juillet 2021, la présidente a néanmoins acquis gain de cause sur le principe : dans le cadre de sa grande révision stratégique, l’institut de Francfort promettait « d’intégrer les considérations de changement climatique dans [sa] politique monétaire ». L’annonce de ce lundi est la première traduction concrète de cette promesse. « Avec ces décisions, nous transformons notre engagement à lutter contre le changement climatique en actions réelles », assure Mme Lagarde. « Ça avance ! Le rôle de la BCE pour la transition écologique est essentiel ! », a réagi sur Twitter la députée européenne Aurore Lalucq, du parti Place Publique. « C’est positif, mais c’est très lent », relativise Stanislas Jourdan, de l’association Positive Money.

Lire aussi  Article réservé à nos abonnés La BCE alerte : ne pas agir pour le climat pourrait laminer l’économie européenne

L’action de la BCE va se faire en trois étapes. Dès octobre, elle va modifier ses critères pour les achats des obligations d’entreprises. Car l’institution monétaire est très active sur les marchés financiers : depuis 2015, elle y rachète des titres pour soutenir l’économie. Au total, elle en a acquis pour près de 5 000 milliards d’euros, dans leur immense majorité des dettes d’Etat. Une petite partie, pour 344 milliards d’euros, est constituée de dettes d’entreprises. Le problème est que la composition de ces achats reflète le panorama des entreprises présentes sur les marchés, et qu’une bonne partie d’entre elles sont très polluantes.

Une étude de 2019, publiée par l’institut Veblen, estime que 63 % des obligations d’entreprises achetées par la BCE venaient des secteurs économiques les plus émetteurs des gaz à effet de serre : production et distribution d’énergies fossiles, secteur automobile, production d’électricité… Désormais, la BCE annonce qu’elle va « faire basculer » son portefeuille d’obligations vers des entreprises ayant « une meilleure performance climatique ». Elle les jugera selon trois critères : le niveau d’émissions de CO2, les objectifs de réduction des émissions et la transparence avec laquelle la société dévoile son empreinte carbone.


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A Quote From Alice in Wonderland

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 12 Sep 2022, 23:47

Picture and quote from Alice in Wonderland

Source from an unknown artist?

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un mignon petit chaton

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 4 Jul 2022, 21:55

A striped kitten

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Collecting books

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 1 Aug 2022, 01:34

Women in front of book case

Getting quite a good collection of books now ! Some are from the Open University, some are from Oxfam bookstore in the city and some music CDs I have collected myself over the past few years.

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Reading another book in french

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 14:48

I am struggling to read my latest book 'Germinal' by Emile Zola because the language is quite difficult. 

Some words are old fashioned and not in general use anymore. Other words are more to do with mining terms. Although I did like the story very much the language is quite hard going.

 I know I should persist with it but I will just put it aside for now, perhaps when I feel more confident in the language later on, I will pick it up again. Anyway I got about halfway through it but found it frustrating, to have to keep stopping to look up words all the time!

Instead of reading the book I will watch it on  DVD first for the time being, which I also  happen to have in my collection.


The next book I have decided to read from my collection, is not too long or too difficult to read. It is a  paperback called 'L'enchanteur'  by Vladimir Nabokov.

Vladimir Nabokov is a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. Born in Russia, he wrote his first nine novels in Russian (1926–1938) while living in Berlin. 

This book is the french translation from the Russian.
I am finding the french language a lot easier to understand in this book,  and I don't have to stop so often, to look up words in the dictionary.

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A Green footpath

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 3 Jul 2022, 01:52

Footpath through the field

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Swirling red Poppies

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Swirling red  poppies

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Purple flower

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Purple flower abstract

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The prospect of the coal mines opening again

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 2 Jul 2022, 15:43

I am still reading my book 'Germinal' by Emile Zola. I was horrified by the brutal conditions the poor coal miners had to endure, it must have been terrible for them. They used to suffer from the lung diseases a condition called black lung disease or  pneumoconiosis (CWP). Most of the miners died died on average aged 57, those who did live any longer were choking, coughing and finding it difficult to breathe.

It makes you think about today, that they are thinking about wanting to open up some more coal mines again in Wales. This also is at odds with protecting the environment.

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Reading Germinal

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 2 Jul 2022, 14:55

I am reading 'Germinal' in french by Emile Zola. It is a hard book to read because it is about the crippling poverty and the inhuman working conditions in a coal mine in northern France. The time it takes place in is around 1884-1886 and explains the harsh working conditions and the events surrounding the strikes.
In this country it was a similar story, with the rich mine owners who had a comfortable happy life, whereas the miners had a life of poverty and  misery. It is the working classes who are often exploited by the upper classes, This is a realistic story of a mining community in the 1800s.

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A sleeping Bee?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 1 Jul 2022, 13:44

Bee on white flower with petal on

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Bee collecting pollen from lavender

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 30 Jun 2022, 18:36

Bee climbing on lavender

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Bee Hovering

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 30 Jun 2022, 18:35

A Bee landing on lavender

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Bee hiding behind leaf

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 30 Jun 2022, 16:54

A bumble bee on flower

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Wildflowers

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 30 Jun 2022, 14:24

Orange Wildflowers

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Rewilding the garden-wildflowers in the garden

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 14 Jul 2022, 12:26

Marigolds and other wild flower


Pink wild flowers


Yellow marigolds


Red poppies in garden

I am very interested in the environment and environmental issues. I spent a lot of time in my garden today, it is quite a good size garden. A couple of years ago, we sowed some wild flower seeds,  but didn't see any flowers appearing for a long time, then we stared to notice the odd one or two. However, now we have an abundance of wild flowers growing in the garden. The whole lawn area is just full of them, oxdaisies, clovers, marigolds, marsh marigolds cornflowers, corncockles, cowslips, a few poppies and others. Some flowers may have been there before, but some are new. Each day I don't know what I will see next, It is a real joy to behold!
The housing association is leaving the grass to grow longer for a while, which I think is a good idea,  to allow more insects to thrive and this will then will help to boost the ecological system.

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La vie est dure.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 27 Jun 2022, 14:18

Je lis en ce moment 'Germinal' d'Emile Zola. C'est une histoire très sombre sur une communauté minière dans le nord de la France dans les années 1860.

il suit l'histoire d'un migrant qui vient travailler dans une mine de charbon.
Il est acceuilli dans la maison d'un mineur et de sa famille.

La vie est dure à la mine et les gens travaillaient dur pour très peu de salaire. La pauvreté s'est aggravée et les gens souffraient.

Bien qu'il se déroule en France, il pourrait facilement s'agir d'une mine en Angleterre.

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'Germinal' by Emile Zola

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 27 Jun 2022, 00:45


I  managed to read the first chapter of my current french  book 'Germinal' by Emile Zola.
There were quite a lot of french words that I didn't understand, so I had to look them up in the dictionary. I am slowly making prgress, it is a bit difficult at the moment, but hopefully I will get more involved with the story , as I get further along in the book.

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An Update

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 25 Jun 2022, 18:03

I have now finished reading my book in french by Agatha Christie. 'Meurtre  en Mesopotamie'  I read it quite quickly, because I was eager to find out  'who did it?'

I had to look up a lot of french words throughout the book, but near the end I just read it and tried to get the gist of it, i managed to understand it and as usual it was always surprising at the end.!

Today I will start reading another book from my little collection, which I bought from Oxfam book shop. This next book is called 'Germinal' by Emile Zola.

I hope I will be able to read it,  unfortunately the printing is quite small ! but I will have a go.
I will put on my spectacles and I have a magnifying glass, so I will have a try to read it.

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Prices rising fast!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 25 Jun 2022, 18:55

Been to shop in the supermarket today and I just can't believe the prices!
There are some things going up by as much as a pound at a time, it's bonkers!
My friend has just told me there is a shortage of baby formula.
How do these shops get away with it !

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Beneath the Trees

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 23 Jun 2022, 21:59

Trees in the Cemetery

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