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Flock of Solace

I find it interesting to note that to the untrained eye the word solace although derived from Latin, sōlātium – comfort (or sōlārī to console),  appears to contain the same root as the term for sun or solar (from Latin sōlāris, from sōl the sun). Perhaps it is just the perspective of my current experience of longing for brighter days that makes me connect the letters ‘sola’… Continue reading Flock of Solace

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: The Day The Sky Turned Autumn

Monday afternoon had everybody talking. It was that same old topic that British folk are famously obsessed with – the weather. When it comes to weather, the ability of our island’s maritime climate to bring four seasons in one day means we tend to think nothing can surprise us. I’m not sure where I first… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: The Day The Sky Turned Autumn

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

6am. The morning has yet to break, the sky still darkened and unrevealing. A robin has just set up a brave solo from the half-leafed wayfarer tree beyond the bedroom window. Once daylight pulls apart the lingering night the morning will be chilly, and a damp film will cling to any exposed surface. By mid… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Hello October

September was a busy month and the weather seemed to take this to heart. Every day would be a mixed up muddled up combinations of sun and rain; if the morning started nice, it would be showers by the evening, and vice-versa. Any last vestiges of summer have been washed out by the rain. This… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Hello October

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Into the Wind

A buzzard, bent-winged into the wind, was hanging against the clouds as I walked up the driveway to work. I had to acknowledge a pang of mild jealousy as I watched him twist his ruffled feathers and bank, realign, then tilt and soar off over the tree tops. Behind me, the jays were raucous in… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Into the Wind

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Return to Autumn

I popped to my Mums house, to exchange a couple of bits of shopping we’d picked up for each other. It is just a 5 minute walk around the corner, but I found myself amazed by the complete image of early autumn offered to me by the remnant hedgerows and woodland edges that soften my… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Return to Autumn