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Wild White Flowers in the Wood.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022, 03:09

White bells flowers

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Bluebells and whitebells

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:48

Blue bells and white flowers

This afternoon as the weather was mild, I was able to take a walk. I walked through the park, through the cemetery and on into the wood. Where many new flowers had grown recently since my last visit. There were Bluebells and whitebells, tulips and red Campion as well as a few remaining daffodils! 

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Golden Tulips in the wood.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022, 03:05

Golden Tulips

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Consider the flowers of the field.....

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 15 Apr 2022, 16:46

Bluebells

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Red Campions ?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022, 18:52

Red Campions

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A Winter Hideaway

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 19 Aug 2022, 21:39

In my cottage
I feel safe
A cosy winter hideaway
Is my kitchen Snug and warm        With Coffee pot, and breakfast tray


In winter time
I stay for hours
Because its far
from winter showers
Wiith wooden table
White painted chair
There's lots of fruit and flowers 

To the other rooms
The door is closed
It's In the kitchen
I will remain
And look outside
to see the garden grow
And watch the winter rain or snow

In summer the door
Is open wide 

Then it feels like I'm outside

And  part of the garden

The grass is my rug
the trees my wall
There's the fountain and waterfall

The birds fly down
From lofty trees
While at the  kitchen table              I Study and read                                  The birds come down

To Hop on the garden table
And gather up the seeds.


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A Bewildered Blackbird

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022, 03:08

Blackbird

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A wild wood pidgeon or white collared dove?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022, 03:13

White collorred dove or wood pidgeon?


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So far, So Good!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022, 03:14

I have really enjoyed this course E302 English
Creativity in Lanuage, it has been a fantastic experience.
🙂
First, I learnt about creativity in language block 1, then in block 2 it was creativity in Narrative, then block 3 was about the Politics of language and creativity, how language is used in the political field.

This has been my favourite course in English up to now.
It has been challenging but very interesting. I feel that I have learned a lot this year.


Next term it is French language,  but I feel a bit rusty, so will have to get out my detective/ story/books and watch some French films in time for the October course start date.

🎞📺📚📖

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 21 May 2022, 01:29

Pink Abstract 2

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 21 May 2022, 01:28

Pink Abstract- painting on glass

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 21 May 2022, 01:24

Abstract painting in green

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Going to buy Organic Vegetables !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 7 Apr 2022, 20:04

I wonder what has happened to the weather?
It was lovely and warm at the beginning of the month, now it is so cold and damp!
I got caught in a downpour going to the supermarket today. It is supposed to be Spring time.  Is this really April showers more like an April deluge !

I had to dry my hair quickly with the hairdryer,  because it is too long to just leave it to dry naturally as it is, I will probably catch another cold on top of the one I have already!

I hope the sun will show up later this afternoon because I have to walk for half an hour to the vegetable sellers on the edge of the village. They have a large plot of land. I need to buy leeks, carrots, tomatoes and celeriac. Going to make a soup with hot baked garlic bread.  I better make the most of it because Friday is going to be the day when I fast for lent!

In the meantime, I will do some more studying in the lounge and wrap a thick duvet around me to keep warm!
Welcome to cold Britannia!


🥔🧅🥕🍅🥒🥣

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This time of Lent ✝️

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 28 Apr 2022, 02:55

It is the time of Lent and for many Christian followers, this means fasting, starting  on Ash Wednesday,  then every day or every Friday until Easter.
This is to commemorate the time, when Our Lord Jesus was fasting in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil three times. He was able to resist the devil and pray,  he stayed close to God. It is also a time to prepare for, and to celebrate the mystery of Easter, the time when Jesus paid the sacrifice, to blot out the sins of the world, to those who believe.

It is a time of self denial, to repent of sins. when we give up eating for the day, no meat must be eaten during the day,  so it is a good opportunity to practice being vegetarian.
If you are over a certain age or on medications you do not have to fast.

Instead you can choose to deny yourself something like choclate, alcohol, a holiday, a cake, watching TV or using the social media, something that you usually really enjoy doing. The main thing is to deny yourself, so it should feel slightly uncomfortable like a discipline, then you can pray and repent of sins.
It is also a time for acts of charity or kindness, a time for alms giving.

I myself am fasting every Friday before Easter now, some people do more or some people do less(all depending on health, age or lifes circumstances) For some they will just give up meat for the Friday, others do a full fast. If you do a full fast you can eat after sunset and before sunrise. You can drink water but not have any solid food during the day on which you fast.

It is a time to draw nearer to God to depend on him, to pray and read Holy books such as the Bible or other Christian books including poetry that inspires devotion to God. You can pray for certain things like healing or forgiveness or for a good cause.

The main purpose is to come  closer to God as we depend on his help to get us through the day of fasting. To show gratitude, being grateful for what you do have,  like the basics of life like a shelter, a home,  enough food, money, clothes to wear and so on. Being thankful to God.

🌷🌻🌺🦋🌾⚘🌼

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Volunteering

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 7 Apr 2022, 12:57

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Today I was doing some voluntary work at the library. I had a few things to do there, like photocopying public information and helping out at the book sale.
My friend came along with me to help and tidied up the books .

There was a booksale for charity, so we put some  books on the shelf, these were on sale in aid of the 'Red Cross'  which is a very worthy cause. I was in charge of taking donations and my friend was stacking up the shelves.

By the end of the afternoon a lot of books had been sold, mainly childrens books, so that was good.
On the way home we called in for a chinese takeaway, a great reward for all our efforts!

🍜🥬🍜🥗🥞

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Blue Grape Hyacynths in the woods.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 4 Apr 2022, 21:48

Blue Grape Hyacynths

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This afternoons walk- And what I saw

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2022, 17:15

Wild yellow Primroses

This afternoon after studying I went for a walk in the woods. There were daffodils, blue grape hyacinths and primroses growing everywhere in the wood so this was something new to see. I sat on the bench and listened to birdsong. I noticed that there were lots of Sparrows, blackbirds, magpies, woodpigeons and starlings flying about. I  avoided the market place as it was too busy at this time on a monday!  so came back by the back route along the  country lane, passing the cemetry and park because it was much more peaceful that way and with my chaotic mind I really like the  peace and quiet!

🌲🌳🌻🦅🕊⛲🌳

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This mornings reading unit 19

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 4 Apr 2022, 19:05

Still reading the same chapter. I have identified some or all of the topics and some of the ideas noted below.
•  Role of the literary agent   Cultural value and commercial value.
• Ideas of Bakhtin discussed in Unit 17, Chapter 2 and Unit 18, Chapter 3, and those of Heaney in Unit 17, Chapter 2
• Ideas relating to translation (Unit 5)
Collaboration- The contribution of collaboration to creativity in language use has been considered in relation to spoken language. 

•(Unit 3), workplace humour (Unit 2) and grass-roots politics (Unit 17)
Impact of new technologies. A theme running throughout the module, especially in relation to translation, creation of multimodal texts, grass-roots politics, and commerce and advertising.

Still lots to do reading and taking notes.

(Unit 19 Milton Keynes Open University)

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Why do we Love?

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Lilac flower

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An Environmental Day Dream

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 30 Apr 2022, 22:50

The weather was cold but sunny when I went out for a walk this afternoon.
I decided to walk through the village rather than across the muddy fields(it had rained earlier on)

What struck me the most, as I walked along the street today, was the silence along the main road. Even though it was Saturday,  there was hardly any traffic about.

Where on earth was everyone ? Watching TV perhaps? Shopping?
As I walked it reminded me of the time when we had first moved here years ago as a young couple with 2 toddlers!
We thought what a lovely peaceful village!

Of course as time went on things changed and everyone could afford their own cars. The husband, the wife, the teenage children all owned cars, that stood in their large drives and then it was not so quiet anymore because there were cars driving about madly everywhere!

However, today it was like being transported back in time, to those peaceful days, when we first arrived in this quiet village. A time when there were very few cars about.

It is not always like this, but today I heard a blackbird singing so sweetly, so clearly, in a nearby tree, birds flew down onto a bird table in one of the gardens, now this was most unusual because it is on the main road leading into the village, so usually lots of cars charging past. But not today!

Doreen an elderly lady, was throwing crumbs for the flocks of birds who were arriving in huge numbers. It felt so calm almost like being out in the countryside!

I stopped to sit on a bench on the quiet market place and I closed my eyes. I heard birdsong,  I saw some magpies and several gold coloured finches who landed close by to where I was seated. All that was missing now was the sound of a flowing fountain, like i saw in the market place while on holiday in France!

 "Why can't it  always be like this?" I said out loud. Maybe it could? Imagine this scene in the city or town centre. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

I thought of all the people living in town, (including my eldest son)  I was thinking how great it would be for them to go to sit in,  a beautiful peaceful green space, for tired shoppers to sit in,  or a central square. To have their lunch in calm solitude, with birds, trees flowers, and bees instead of the noise of having all that traffic roaring past from all sides! Well one can have a  dream as they say, but wouldn't it be good if it came true?

💭💭🕊🦆🦉🐦🛋⛲🌳🌲🌻

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A French Blog

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 2 Apr 2022, 13:20


Ce matin je me suis levée à 8h comme d'habitude
et j'ai préparé le café.
j'ai porté le café dans le salon,
où mon mari était assis sur le canapé
il était en train de trier le courrier qui venait d'arriver dans la boite aux lettres

il parcourait ces catalogues habituels qui faisaient de la publicité pour des livres, des cds et des dvds. Cependant, ces jours-ci, il ne commandait pas beaucoup à partir du catalogue. il aime toujours regarder les dernières nouveautés.
j'ai versé un autre café et un petit pain brioché.
j'ai regardé par la fenêtre, dehors le soleil brillait fort. C'etait un bon jour pour sortir ensemble pour une longue balade. C'est le seul plaisir que nous avons dans la vie!

                 🌤                                         🌄  🌲 🏡       ☕🥖

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Struggling with a cold, the blues, the cold weather and studies.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 19 May 2022, 23:36

It was such a bitterly cold day today,  that I shivered when I woke up, the weather had turned much colder. I had a runny nose.

Never mind I soon warmed up as I did  quickly my daily house work routine. This included Sweeping up, Washing the floors, dusting and polishing.
All this made me feel a bit warmer. However I still wore 2 leggings, 2 jumpers and 2 pair of socks!

I Stopped to have a coffee mid way through and a snack of Croque monsieur(with quorn sausage in) and
a fried egg. I am not Vegan but I try to be Vegetarian whenever I can. By the afternoon I was a lot warmer.

I then got down to studying. The politics of language and Creativity in a Globalised World.
Chapter 4. Language, Creativity and the politics of Value.
Last week I had enjoyed chapter3 Creativity on sale.
It was a very interesting.chapter.

I read a portion of the chapter today and I wrote down notes in my digital notebook.

I am so amazed that I have even come this far in my degree.  After everything I have been through, bereavement (my sister), family illness, looking after my son and the latest rising costs of living, which is very hard and crippling for me.
Well, I suppose that is the life of a student !

Unfortunately, I don't seem to be having all these great fun parties that everyone is supposed to be having!
             
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Are we really still protected against Covid?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 16:20

Just heard from a friend of ours that he has just lost his brother in his early 50s from Covid.
It is terrible the way this plague has struck down all sorts of random people, and even younger people.
It seems this government are not interested anymore and have left us all to our own devices. How long will our Covid jabs still protect us? and what will happen if there is a resurgence of Covid 19 (or worse) again?
Does the government have any plans to protect us in the future? or is it a case of you're on your own now!

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Trying to remain hopeful in the spring time.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 30 Mar 2022, 00:46

After my studies this week, I had not been out for a walk lately, so I decided to walk around the little  wood near my house. It was lovely to see so many cheerful yellow daffodils growing in profusion right through the woods.

The twigs and branches snapped underfoot as I walked through the wood. It smelt earthy, woody and flowery. The birds were singing cheerfully, bees buzzing and I even saw some bright red and orange butterflies.

These were the signs of Spring arriving everywhere at last, after the long cold wintertime. I try to be positive and hopeful,  that things may get better in the world as this year goes on, let's hope so.

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Pretty Blue flowers growing wild in the woods

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 27 Mar 2022, 11:07

Blue flowers

Does anyone know what these are?

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