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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Read of the Month(Jan 2021)

 With all that is happening at the moment;-

  • the pandemic (insufficient information)
  • the riot in the States (conspiracy theories) 
knowing a source that collects information and data from a variety of sources and then analyses it carefully is an essential antidote.

As it says on the dust jacket 
"...carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts"
greatly reduces anxiety, worry and stress. 

The tag line of the book is hugely encouraging
"Ten reasons we're wrong about the world and why things are better than you think"

What is the book?
The title is simply


Factfulness 
by
Hans Rosling





This is a book can be read many times.
As the title suggests it gathers facts and then orders them logically and systematically to clarify thinking. 

In order to continue to examine facts and inform people, the author, 
who is Swedish, set up the organization "Gapfinder".
As they state this is 
"an independent Swedish foundation with no
  • political
  • religious
  • economic
affiliations".

Its mission is
"to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based world view".

The author is now dead but his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna continue his work.

This is a book I would suggest everyone read. 

Wonderful.


 





Thursday, 31 December 2020

Goodbye 2020

 Well 2020 has been a strange year for everyone. 

Me and my motorhome
I have been very fortunate.

I even managed to get away in my motorhome for a few trips.
I visited some campsites in the south and south west researching for my next walk book. 

I went to 

  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • East Sussex
  • revisited Hampshire (New Forest) to check up on some facts.
Here are some photographs I took.
I hope they brighten your day.

DEVON
Discovering Dartmoor

Mountain Rescue Team out training












Widgery Cross on Brat Tor



DORSET
Chesil Beach

Boats in the Fleet











View across Fleet to Chesil Beach













































EAST SUSSEX
The Weald

A cycle path through the trees













I'm looking at you
(even the trees have eyes)


HAMPSHIRE
New Forest

Some trees of the forest






Dartmoor pony on the moor














































Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Christmas Cards

have been seeing posts that people are not sending cards this year but giving a donation to charity instead.
Really?

This year of all years, the sending of traditional greetings cards to loved ones near and far will surely mean so much more to say I am thinking of you, and wishing you peace, love and good health for the year to come, than a Facebook post which may or may not be read?

This may be the only contact you have with this person this year, Surely this is the time to make it count?

What about producers and publishers of cards? They're not all big companies, but often small designers who need our support to keep going, too.

You can purchase cards, which make a donation to charity, quite cheaply. The fact that you

  • buy cards,
  • write personal messages,
  • send them.
Is very little effort for the response it will get

Or maybe you could hand deliver some of them on your daily walking exercise obviously taking care to socially distance and sanitise where you should.

If I know your address, I will be sending you a card if I do not know your home address, I will try to send a personal message; my love and blessings are unconditional.

If I offend then I apologise - that is not my intention.

If I choose to make a donation to charity that is personal - However, if I do so it will be as well as cards and not instead.

Pearl and I hope with all my heart we all stay safe and well, and that the next year will be better for us all and we can enjoy each others company again.



 

Monday, 21 December 2020

The Best Day

For me the most important day of the year is 21st or 22nd December
The Winter Solstice
(The shortest day)

This is the best day.
From now the days will get a little long.

It is such a significant day for me that I write about it most years.

I find the winter months, November, December and January difficult.
It is not the cold or wet.
It is the grey skies 

and the long dark nights.

When taking Pearl out for her afternoon jaunt my choices are limited;

  • Take her out in the light at 3.30pm at the latest
  • Take her out in the dark but somewhere easy to navigate.

I am looking forward to spring

when Pearl and I will be able to resume our research 
for our second walk book
(Hopefully)


Thursday, 10 December 2020

Read of the Month (Dec 2020)

This month's #ReadoftheMonth is for me a difficult read.
Nevertheless I feel it is an important for me to finish.

It gives a well researched factual account of an event my father was personally involved in;

The 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

And so the book is simply 



Warsaw 1944
(Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising)
by

Alexandra Richie


My father did not speak in any detail about this period of his life.
He did on occasion mention it.
This was to explain his appearance;
scared face and hands due to burns.

Unfortunately I was only aware of the most rudimentary facts;

  • the population of the city collaborated to fight against the Germans
  • it was brutally repressed by the Nazis
  • the Russians then invaded the city and established a communist regime
It was not until I was older and after my father had died that I learnt more.

This was in part due to Rita Cosby.

Her father too was a participant in the Warsaw uprising.
This was when he and my father met and subsequently became good friends.
So when Rita wrote a book about her father large chunks of it were about my father.

It is a very different book from the #ReadoftheMonth.
It is a personal emotional account 
as opposed to being
a carefully researched factual account.

This war in Eastern Europe, especially involving the Russians,
is little known in the UK.
It is rarely mentioned; certainly not the details.
Maybe now is the time to put the record straight.
This book is a start.
For me it is informative but poignant.
But a must read 





 


Friday, 27 November 2020

A Disgusting Practice

Having a dog can be life enhancing.

It is for me. 

All of my dogs

Ruby





Amber and Pearl
cuddling up in the Motorhome
have added a new dimension
to my life in so many ways.

There is a downside.
If you have a dog you have to clear up after them (an euphemism)

Pick Up Their Poo

Not a pleasant job.

The usual practice is to pick it up in a special bag,
tie the top;
take it with you to put in a bin.

Unfortunately this does not always happen.
Sometimes it is just not picked up.

But worse is when a full "poo" bag is left lying about.

Even worse when it is hung from the branch of a tree

This is an action of environmental vandalism. 


Who is going to collect the bags
and dispose of them in the proper manner .

It takes many many years for the plastic to decompose.
The contents only take a few weeks.      

This has become quite a problem in some places.
It has required a re-think.
The National Trust now recommends 

"Stick and Flick"

Find a stick and flick the poo into the bottom of a hedge;
then throw the stick away.
In a short time the mess will rot away.

Take the bag with you








Thursday, 19 November 2020

Happy Birthday to Pearl's Second Litter

  Pearl had her second litter in 2018 on 9th November

2 boys and 5 girls


So this year they were 2 years old.

I am thrilled to say 6 of her seven offspring sent birthday photos



This is Harry


This is Ivy




This is Ruby




This is Denzil







This is Holly






This is Polly










Friday, 13 November 2020

Super Thursday (Part 5)


No Read of the Month, instead another "Super Thursday".


Super Thursday is the day in October when
publishers showcase their Christmas range.


My Super Thursdays feature the 3 books special to me.
Details of these can be found in other blog posts.

This final Super Thursday is more like the industry type. 

I have collated all the #Read of the Months.

The list is eclectic; all non-fiction bar one
all genres; past and present texts.

Hopefully one book will pique interest
even be a different Christmas present for someone.

List of books and details at

https://annachelmicka.me/read-of-the-month/

Support local business
(don't buy from Amazon)

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Hibernation

Writing about "Motorhome Musings" at this time of year is difficult because.  All I really want to do is "hibernate".  Why?  Well:-


  • Now the clocks have gone back it gets dark so early.  I have to take Pearl out by 3.30 or 4pm if I want to walk her in the daylight.  Even then it is usually dark by the time I get home.  As we move towards the Winter Solstice this is only going to get worse.

  • The overcast sky and dark grey clouds I find inhibiting.  All I want to do is curl up on the sofa by a bright roaring fire.

  • Too often the lowering clouds are spilling their wet load.  I do not enjoy walking in the rain.  Pearl doesn't mind.  She does not have to rub herself dry when we get home.

  • Doing so little in my motorhome means there is little to report. This is especially so now that we are in another lockdown.

Is Hibernation a good idea.  Probably not. SO I'm going to
  • Continue writing my second book
  • Read
  • Become more familiar with my new camera
  • Plan my 2021 research trips. 
Lots to do.

What do you do during these cold, dismal and dark days?



Friday, 30 October 2020

Super Thursday (Part 4)

The final book in my small collection I consider to be a momentous achievement.

Why?

Because it was published by Hubble & Hattie a bone fide publishers. 

The company, based in Dorset, is small and part of Veloce, a larger publishing concern; "the home of fine automotive books"

The topics of the books Hubble & Hattie publish is animal related. 

It was because I was accompanied in my explorations by my dogs that Hubble & Hattie offered me a contract.
Their experience of camping is not nearly so extensive but I can fill that gap.

The book is 

"Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly Campsites Throughout the UK"

I divided the country into 7 regions and Pearl and I visited 3 campsites in each region. We found 2 walks starting directly from each site;

  • a short one of between 4-6 miles
  • a long one of between 8 -10 miles.  This is supposed to take all day with a refreshment break at a pub or cafĂ©.

Pearl has her own section in the book "Pearls of Wisdom" where she reviews the campsite for other 4-legged companions.

A note of caution; as there are over 48 counties just in England it is quite probable that Pearl and I have not visited your county. We had to miss some in order to have new places to visit for our second book due out in February 2022.

Whatever one may think of the content of my book there is absolutely no question that it "looks" fabulous. 
The editor certainly knows how to turn a boring manuscript into a attractive book. 

The book can be purchased from the usual outlets or from: