Category Archives: Inspiration

Tender Memories

Quick Quotes 6. The following is taken from William Howitt’s A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside (1859): But if the days of June are now warm, and brilliant, and beautiful, ah! how soft and beautiful … Continue reading

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Uninvited but Welcome

Quick Quotes 5. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): As countries become more civilized, the social feeling is proportionably restrained; amd hospitality and barbarism are, it is said, … Continue reading

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The North Pole

Snippets 119.  Exactly 186 years ago today, on 1st June 1831, the first European set foot on the north magnetic pole. Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862) was a British naval officer who accompanied his uncle Sir John Ross on an … Continue reading

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The First Private Asylum

Snippets 117. Exactly two hundred years ago today, the first ever private mental health hospital in the USA was opened, in Philadelphia, The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason. According to Robert Waln, … Continue reading

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The Swallow Mystery

Snippets 111. William Hone is a name that should be remembered, and part of my remit for this blog is to bring the works of writers such as Hone to a wider audience by selecting some interesting quotes from their … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Life

Snippets 109.  Colley Cibber (1671-1757) is a name that will be unfamiliar to many today, but in his day he was very well known as a playwright. Unfortunately, despite being Poet Laureate, his reputation was for being a particularly bad … Continue reading

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Glorious Murmurations

Ramblings 5.  We are blessed to live in a rural area, where a countryside walk is never far away.  With winter upon us it is tempting to shut ourselves away from the cold, assuming that nature has no wonders for … Continue reading

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