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Snow came – snow went

Snowdonia. Where’s the snow? You’d think the clue was in the name. But no. Despite living within Snowdonia National Park, between two mountains, we rarely get snow. So any fall is worth a photograph. Driving South, into the valley between the two mountains: And that was it. We are in Lockdown so excursions are few…

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Love is in the air

Is it in your heart? These are such difficult times. The future doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon; the past seems so long ago. There is new growth and new life and new partnerships building in the natural world. For us, there’s too little of everything. Even traditions and celebrations are memories. Dydd Santes…

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Art in the time of lockdown # 14

Contemplations Being in lockdown brings into focus just what you have. For some, it’s what they don’t have. But that is their loss. I decided to return to my Art in Lockdown theme – well, to be honest, I began this one months ago. I love and admire the work of Frida Kahlo, and just…

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Mindsets in a time of crisis

There will be an end to this Mental Lists We are already making mental lists of what we’ll do when restrictions are lifted completely: places we’re previously talked about visiting or re-visiting, experiences that we’ve read about or seen on TV. Not huge treks, nor extravagant escapades. If you’re hankering for those once-in-a-lifetime happenings then…

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Favourite Music? It may just be your best therapy.

I have long felt that music can keep me balanced. At times of extreme mood – both low and high – I will turn to music. Or any sound that is personally soothing or uplifting. Last year I met a troubled young man. He was troubled in the societal sense of being painfully awkward in…

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Using invisible disability as a rite of privilege is never right

Some backstory In the 2000s I organised mental health forums, a chance to meet up with like-minded people who understood what you were trying to say. People who didn’t judge because they knew from bitter experience what it is to be judged. Mental health service users had credit-card sized Crisis Cards on which to record…

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