Autumn

For Autumn colour I think Virginia Creeper is hard to beat. The vibrant palette is all in one place, it is long-lasting, and appears to know instinctively where to grow for optimum effect. It was planted on the North side of the garage and is very content, spreading its roots and its runners so that…

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Countdown: 20 days to go

In the main year of lockdown I was pretty vocal on my blog: reflections, rants, thoughts on health issues, and some art history for good measure. To the mix I added photographs, surreal images, and personal takes on classic art works. Last year all went quiet in this corner of North West Wales. My time…

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Still Life; more Erddig travels

My final look at Erddig sights. The displays there were so thoughtfully arranged that they cried out to be photographed. And I’m not one to ignore such pleas. Everything necessary for living was provided by the hard graft of the servants: from the first hot drink in the morning and bringing warm water for washing,…

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Nature travels

Yesterday was a glorious day. Sunny, warm, wind-free – and yet it was 8th October in North Wales. Not going out would have wasted the opportunity for some quality R&R. We took ourselves over to Wrexham, to make a first visit to the National Trust property Erddig. The gardens were full of colour, yet tranquil…

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – is this really the best we have?

According to articles from reputable publications cognitive behaviour therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for: alcohol and drug use dependency, anger problems, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, eating disorders, hoarding, marital problems.Also: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, perinatal mental health problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis.As well as: schizoaffective disorder,…

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Researching autism

Are we witnessing insurrection against the final taboo? Or are we becoming fallout from the friendly fire of duplicity? This month, September 2021, two major research initiatives into autism have hit the news. Hailed as breakthroughs in the bid to further knowledge and understanding of autism they have been less well-received in some quarters. Namely,…

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