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    Thomas Hardy’s Cornwall

    I must admit, I’m not the keenest of fans on the classics such as Thomas Hardy. Yet, after watching every conceivable adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, I gave the book a go. The impetus was also spurred on by the fact my dad keeps sheep.   After this, I kept seeing Hardy everywhere.   What will we do this weekend?   First Love   During a favourable May, Mr Cox and I visited Boscastle in search of spring flowers in the Valency Valley. We walked the woodlands and visited the curious Minster Church, with the gravestone of the unjustly condemned witch knows as the “Fighting Fairy Woman of…

  • bluebells in the woodland
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    Helen Duncan’s poems of nature

    As estranged from nature as we’ve become, I find you can’t help but become enraptured by spring. I’ve picked two poems penned by my great grandmother who loved to write about nature. One is about springtime and the other is about Dartmoor, a rugged moorland in Devon.

  • Photograph of my poet great gran Helen Duncan
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    The Poems of Helen Duncan

    Dad gave me the box of family history to rummage through. I found two notebooks, which belonged to Helen, filled with pages of poetry. Many were of favourite poems she copied but she penned her own too. Other family members sent and wrote poems and within these two books of elegant handwriting weave worlds of written words. You'd think the contents would be world's apart but it's quite the opposite. What fascinates me is the stark similarities we find.