Monthly Archives: February 2013

17th February 2013 – DIY store

The toddler wobbles over to the door and it opens by magic. Stunned, he stops dead, right in the middle of the entrance. A couple approach, they don’t miss a beat, raising their joined hands in a triumphal arch above … Continue reading

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16th February 2013 – log fire

Red, orange, yellow…a rainbow of flickering colours. Tiny fire mites speckle the burning wood, soon taking flight as sparks, escaping into the blackness of the chimney like fireflies. The flames reach upwards, as if to catch them, but soon die … Continue reading

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15th February 2013 – Bassett hound

Her skin sags like uncooked pastry, making little paw pies beneath her barrel belly. She gazes around her with drooping eyes, glum and imperious. But her tail wags continuously as she sniffs out the exciting world around her.

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14th February 2013 – One Billion Rising

Women of all ages, dressed in red and black. Full of joy and purpose, we dance. As the music fades we stand, solemn and strong. Index fingers pointing forward, we slowly raise our right arms to the sky. We rise … Continue reading

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13th February 2013 – sunrise

Cloud drifts glow flourescent pink, the sun’s opening show of the day. She lets us know that she is here, as the minutes pass and grey clouds form.

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12th February 2013 – massage table

A hillock of once-warm towels nestles at its end. Along its length a strip of paper lies, ripped and crumpled where my body lay. The table’s soft fleece cover beckons me, but I must leave this warm cocoon and face … Continue reading

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11th February 2013 – wood pigeons

Three of them sit on the bare branches of the ash tree outside my window. A fluffed up, fat little triangle against the grey sky. Seemingly at peace, their heads turn constantly, always on the look-out with their black button … Continue reading

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10th February 2013 – leaf

Cut off from its body, it still blooms green. The veins that carried life to its heart continue to rise, full and ready. But in one corner the whiteness of death begins to crawl and curl, as nature’s recycling begins.

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9th February 2013 – beetroots

Scrubbed clean, boiled and peeled, yet they still bleed. Relentlessly, they mark the many lines that cross my palms. Beautiful and ugly all at once, these lines reveal the life that I have lived.

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8th February 2013 – backs of houses

Neat paving or lawn, manicured trees and beautiful borders. Piles of rubbish, discarded toys and patches of brambles. Cheerful washing lines, bright colours flashing past like flags. Glimpsed from a speeding train, a window into private back garden worlds.

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