World Tourism Day 2020

In 2019 the theme for World Tourism Day 2020 was set. With much of the world experiencing some level of travel restriction due to Covid-19, celebrating World Tourism Day in 2020 appears perverse. But the theme that was set, “Tourism and Rural Development”, now seems far-sighted with its remit of celebrating the ways tourism outside the…

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Three score years, and ten

Yesterday I celebrated my 70th. And I mean ‘celebrated’! So much has happened over the past few years that I’m grabbing my 8th decade with all the strength and guts I have. As Bette Davis famously said, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Monday – received wonderful, and surprising, news. Back in July I…

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Lockdown easing: travels #3

Just over ten years ago my husband picked up a second-hand book on English Churches at our local country park. It had no dust jacket and all the photographs were black and white, but what a wealth of fascination it opened for us. Since then we have visited churches in cities, towns, and villages; we…

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Make life surreal

Strictly speaking ‘surreal’ means something that is unreal or fantastic. The other side of ordinary.Surrealism in art or literature suggests a disorientating or dreamlike state.Whichever way you cut it, I like to explore the ordinary in terms of landscape or architecture and create an image that goes beyond the expected or usual. From my photographs…

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Lockdown easing: Travels #1

Cotswolds With a newly attained freedom comes responsibility. To keep ourselves safe and to be mindful of the safety of others. But I believe that it also comes with a responsibility to make our lives better than they were before lockdown.“If you keep doing what you’ve always done – you’ll keep getting what you’ve always…

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