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Iris Murdoch March 30, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,Iris Murdoch,Notable Women,Oxford England,Reading — Janet @ 10:47 pm

Iris_MurdochIris Murdoch, 1919-1999   Philosopher, Writer

I was reminded of Iris today when I came across a long review of her novel The Red and the Green, published in 1965. (The review was by Pauline Hall in The Dublin Review of Books) The novel, The Red and the Green,  had to do with the Easter Rising in 1916, so recently commemorated in Ireland on Easter weekend 2016.

I read several novels by Iris Murdoch back in the late 1960’s.  I did not like them very much – they were just not to my taste and I failed to understand them or appreciate them.

Nevertheless she went on to win the Nobel Prize and many other honors.

I did read her husband John Bailey’s book IRIS, telling of her tragic decline with Alzheimer’s disease.

That book was compelling reading – I could not put it down.  Our ferry from Holyhead Wales to Dublin was delayed for most of the night one Christmas – I had the book IRIS with me – I read it non-stop and didn’t mind the ferry delay at all.




Filed under: Birds,Owls — Janet @ 4:38 pm

I am fascinated by owls.  Why?  I don’t know.  I’ll ask my owl friends – they are very wise.

owls                owl atdiscovery park by todd wren  photo credit Todd Wren



Lavenham Suffolk England

An English village dating back to the 1400’s.  Lovely.  A center for weaving and the wool trade.  A very wealthy town in its day   Some of my ancestors lived here.  We visited during the late 1990’s and were charmed.

Lavenham_-_The_Crooked_House_-_geograph.org.uk_-_234909  The Crooked House



The Three Siblings Theme in Folk Tales and Fiction

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:56 pm

Interesting Literature

By Apostolos Doxiadis

“Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there were three brothers.” So begins the story of my new novel, Three Little Pigs. The words are spoken by an old man, living in what is described as “a benevolent institution, somewhere in the Alps.” He is no fool and knows that such an opening will make what follows sound like a fairytale. But even more than the formulaic phrase, “once upon a time,” a trademark of a fairytale if ever there was one, what gives an archaic echo to his words is the reference to “three brothers.”

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Mum does the washing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:44 pm

Locksands Life

Now to be honest, I can’t tell you just what was going on here. It was 1957 and we were at camp. Mum has gone to the local cattle trough and appears to be doing the washing.


I know it isn’t a brilliant photo but I still like it. There is mum and she is clearly rinsing something out in a cattle trough. The curious cows have come to watch whatever is going on and the one on the left certainly looks to be eyeing up mum – but rest assured, she came to no harm and we never found the local stock anything but docile.

There is another photo of the same event.


Happy days!

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