Chutney

Saturday morning chutney making – blogging this so I have the recipe. I used this one, with a mixture of sultanas and raisins, yellow instead of red pepper, fewer tomatoes than stated (we only had 660g, some were green tomatoes from the garden) so more apple and onion to make up the weight. This made 10 8oz jars.

Chutney ingredients
Boiling chutney
Jars of chutney
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Past me

Thank You

Sitting, pen in hand, with blank paper in front of me, I chastise my past self.
I shout at her for being lazy, for not writing more, so that I would need to write less.
But my past self was not ready to write: she didn’t know what I know now.
Her thoughts had not crystallised, she had not read what I had read.
I need to stop blaming past-me for what she did not do
And start thanking her for what she did.

Thank You” flickr photo by Orin Zebest shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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Why I write

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I write to understand
I write to create new worlds
I write to remember.

I write to relax
I write to grieve
I write to forget.

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Write Out

As anyone who lives in Glasgow will tell you, Glaschu means “dear green place” in Scottish Gaelic. And I feel very lucky to live in a vibrant city that has so many parks. Kelvingrove is the one I visit most, as it is so close to the Uni. Here’s the Uni tower, peeking through the trees in the park.

Autumn Tower

I walk there often, always with my camera. It never fails to soothe my mind as I wander up and down the familiar paths. Often I see a squirrel running freely, like this one:

Squirrel

Sometimes I look at the skyline instead. Glsagow gave this man the freedom of the city. Hmmm.

Lord Roberts
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Making Memories

Granny Squares Blanket

A few years ago I decided to make myself a blanket – something warm and cheery for the winter months. Also, unusually for me, I decided not to rush it. So, over the last 3 years I’ve been acquiring wool as memories. There’s wool from holidays on Mull, a visit to the Shetlands, a week on Orkney, a short break to the Cairngorms. There’s squares knitted in Shetland lace patterns, patterns made by the Uni knitter in residence years ago, there’s a Dalek, a Cyberman, K9 and a Tardis. Then, of course, there are two black cats. I have loved making it, and now it’s finished – and I can’t wait for the cold nights so I can spread it out on the bed.

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Doodle Out

I’ve let my doodling lapse recently – I’ve been busy working, and writing, and worrying. I miss it though – it’s good to switch off for a bit and relax. So I am thrilled that the CLMOOCers are joining up with a sister project, Write Out, for a month of doodles during October. Why not join us?

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Sort of writing

Postcards

Today, instead of writing about CLMOOC, I have been writing to CLMOOCers.

It’s a start!

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Writer’s Block

I’ve stalled. With just under five months till I submit my completed thesis I have run out of steam. I have no time to waste, and so I waste time. I know all of the advice – I have given it many times, but still I pause. My bookshelves are tidied, my yarn is sorted, my fridge is clean.

I still feel that I need to give myself permission to write. I’m framing my thesis as an auto-ethnography because that feels right – it feels authentic – but I still struggle to justify my approach. Maybe I worry that it is not rigorous enough – maybe my background in anglo-analytic philosophy has trained me to privilege an argumentative style over the explanatory … Maybe I need to channel my inner philosopher (note to self: do not channel your inner Deleuze).

Whatever, the time has come. I remind myself of one of my favourite quotes:

“Fool,” said my muse to me. “Look in thy heart and write.”

Wish me luck …

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T-REX

For the couple of months there’s been a T-Rex in Glasgow – one of the most complete skeletons in the world. Of course, we left it until the final day to visit.

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Lewis

Not so much a feldgang as an overview of our holiday. Some glorious skies and ancient artefacts. Callanais:

Callanais

Dun Carloway Broch

Dun Carloway Broch
Dun Carloway Broch

Norse chess pieces

Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman

Terns feeding at Port Ness

Terns

Machairs

Lewis

Views

Lewis

A teddy for a not-yet-born

HArris Teddy

Ballachulish – on the way home

ballachulish
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