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writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Park Run: great way to start Christmas Day

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Although we weren’t wearing Santa suits, David and I completed parkrun in Weymouth on Christmas morning. This was a splendid way to start the day: up before our guest and back home before all but two had risen. The Weymouth 5km route is mainly flat and today I completed the course in 31:20 (although this is a whole minute slower than my personal best)! Parkrun has been an absolute revelation to me. I never thought I would enjoy running but now I’m completely hooked and I love getting up on Saturday mornings to celebrate the weekend with a run.

Even away from home, I’ve managed to complete parkruns in Edinburgh, Cambridge, Nonsuch Park, Richmond Park and Lanhydrock in Cornwall. If you’ve never thought about running before, do consider giving parkrun a go. Each parkrun is organised on a weekly basis, free of charge. The 5km runs are open to everyone and are safe and easy to join. Events take place in pleasant parkland from recreational grounds to historic surroundings in National Trust properties.

The next run is on Saturday 30 December so don’t miss out!

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White Stuff, Edinburgh

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Besides the fringe shows and book festival events I found a wonderful distraction in White Stuff on George Street, Edinburgh. When I went to try on a jumper I found an amazing passage of wardrobes with each door leading into a changing room uniquely decorated.

There was the Havisham room with a discarded wedding dress hanging from a peg.

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Behind another wardrobe door was a potting shed complete with equipment.

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This is my favourite, a 1950s kitchen.

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The changing room entered through the yellow wardrobe door was the last one I visited.

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I had to laugh when I saw what was inside.

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Following me into the changing room, the assistant warned me that the toilet was not plumbed in. I wonder if they’ve had accidents in the past!

In case you’re wondering, I did buy the jumper.

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Digital Story Project

 

Reading on Screen Group, Bournemouth

You may remember a recent post about a three-day workshop offered at Bournemouth University. Attendance enabled me to create a digital story about my reading journey. It was a fun experience where I learnt a great deal about editing audio and video. To read more about the workshop, click here. The end product, a two-minute digital story titled Journey is now available. Although there are plenty of things I would like to change if I got to work on this digital story again, you can have a look at the story by clicking here.

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A day in Oxford

Travelling home from the NAWE conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, Dave and I stopped for a night in Oxford. We had a wonderful day visiting one of my favourite places, the Pitt Rivers Museum. The entrance is situated inside this fabulous building: the Oxford University Museum Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road.

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The door leading to the Pitt Rivers Museum is on the far side of the building and there are plenty of exhibits to distract along the way. I love the way visitors are encouraged to touch some of the items on display.

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(If you’re interested, the American Black Bear has quite a coarse coat.)

I love the Pitt Rivers Museum – it must be one of the few to offer the loan of a torch to assist in reading the many tiny, handwritten labels. I like to head of the displays of artefacts from Papua New Guinea. (I lived in the Highlands for two years from 1982-84 and have written about some of the things I brought home here and there’s a fictional story here.)

This is a photo of a display of lime spatulas from Papua New Guinea. (Lime powder is used in the process of chewing betel nut which stains the teeth red and gives a mild euphoric high.)

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If you’re ever in Oxford, do go along to the museum – you’ll find some very surprising items on display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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