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The Last Post

It feel right, finally, to say goodbye to this blog. One Empty Shelf has come to an end. I started blogging well over a decade ago, and OES has changed with me over the years, from optimistic minimalist blog, through work changes, life changes, health changes and more, right up to now. These pages have… Read More The Last Post

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All Change

All Change.  So the last year or so has been a bit of a detour here on One Empty Shelf. I’ve been thinking about where I wanted to take the blog, and in doing so ended up taking it basically everywhere. I wanted somewhere to share everything, but in hindsight, I feel everything has become… Read More All Change

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Morning Brew, 7.4.21

Morning Brew, 7.4.21. Well, good morning, It’s been a long time since I wrote a Morning Brew and I missed the whole stream-of-consciousness typing thing, so here I am! Today’s brew is an instant coffee (shocker) in a huge mug, steaming away beside the computer. My morning lecture was cancelled so I spent the time… Read More Morning Brew, 7.4.21

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Walking forwards

Walking forwards.  The flip over into March seems to be awakening a sort of restlessness in me. I can’t stop tidying, clearing out, organising things. I feel an impatience for the heat of summer, but also for something I can’t quite put my finger on. A need to be ‘doing’ after months of stasis. A… Read More Walking forwards

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Things in the post

Things in the post. The post thumped through the letterbox with a satisfying clunk this morning, which meant there was something intriguing and unexpected in there. I love the little thrill of anticipation when post arrives and you don’t know (or can’t remember) what it is. Last week a lovely book turned up that I’d… Read More Things in the post

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Snowfall and Firelight

Snowfall and Firelight. So another week passes by in this endless lockdown. I’m at the point where all time is blurring into one. What day is it? Who knows. But this week at least brought some change in the form of snow – a good few inches here in Yorkshire. Standing at the doorway, watching… Read More Snowfall and Firelight

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Hello, October

Hello, October  A little October update 🙂 Well, suddenly it’s October. Another new month in this slightly dystopian world, and the sun is shining, the builders in the house in front are having a loud discussion about eggy bread, and autumn is in the air. So it’s not so bad, all things considered. If you… Read More Hello, October

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Morning Brew, 9th September 2019

Brew #2 Today’s morning brew is a steamy mug of tea, cupped in cold hands as the rain creeps down the valley and silently begins to fall. I feel a little smug as I managed to drag myself out of bed to get the washing in whilst it was still dry, so we’re winning at… Read More Morning Brew, 9th September 2019

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Morning Brew, 30th Aug 2019

Brew #1.  Today’s morning brew is Yorkshire Tea, in my favourite space mug, with slightly too much milk. I thought I’d start a new little series of sporadic morning ‘tea and thoughts’. I quite like sitting and pondering with a cup of something caffeinated, so thought I’d share on the blog. Please feel free to… Read More Morning Brew, 30th Aug 2019