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Nature: inspiration between the pages

Jeni Bell, for Shaftesbury Book Festival Nature and landscape have been inspiring writers for centuries. From the ‘rosy-fingered dawn’ that creeps across the skies to the liquid trill of bird song, and the shifting of the seasons, people have always … Read More

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Bus Fare – by Rik Londsdale

The old minibus rattled slowly along stopping at every village and hamlet in the valley. It took an interminable two and a half hours to make the journey from the head of the valley to the terminus in the small … Read More

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Lockdown Photo Shoot Part 4

May 21  How tranquil does this picture look with the babbling water trickling downstream.  Thanks to Darren Moore for his fabulous shot.   May 20   Carefree and happy we find Rudy running up the downs at Mere.   Thanks to Rob … Read More

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Lockdown Photo Shoot Part 3

May 15   Deer me what did George Roberts find on his daily wanderings? so who is watching who?     May 13 – today’s pictures come from Gary Cohen.   These alpacas came over to see him in Charlton. Gary also … Read More

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Lockdown Photo Shoot Part 2

10 May today’s photo is from:  Sarah Talbot who caught these cute ducks in the river at Mere. How cute are they? and Sarah also sent us this amazing shot.   Look at that blossom we are in for a good … Read More

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Lockdown Photo Shoot Part 1

1 May’s image comes from Ann Mallett What a beauty! 30 April’s image comes from Allan Gates who found these two lambs loving life along Bowbridge Lane. Anyone come up with a caption? 29 April’s Picture comes from Sandra Trowbridge.  … Read More

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Water Bottles – Rik Lonsdale

A huge thanks to local writer Rik Lonsdale for sending us this topical and timely story for the web even though we cannot publish this in the magazine.   Enjoy. I was out for a run, my daily exercise, and I’d … Read More

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Lockdown in North Dorset

We are living in strange times that mean many of us are locked in our homes for most of each day. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country?   There have been many stunning photos … Read More

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Celebration by Rik Lonsdale

She was late. He could tell as soon as she came in, before he even saw her. The lengthy pause between the opening and then crashing of the front door, the shoes kicked off rather than gently prised from her … Read More

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Half a Heart Day

Last month at St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School and Nursery we held a ‘Half a Heart’ day to raise money for the charity ‘Little Hearts Matter’. This is a charity close to our hearts as we have a … Read More

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