Lurching: to move in a way that is not regular or normal, especially making sudden movements backwards or forwards or from side to side. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Wood engraving by Lynd Ward for a 1934 edition of Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. The novel was first published in 1818.

In my case, lurching is not just a physical manifestation of a bad hip and sciatica, it is also essentially how I have gone through life. Perhaps due to a childhood in a wandering family, where friends were found and lost constantly, I came to a type of independence, where, beyond family, all my pastimes were solitary. Then, as now, my interests were eclectic, and would change and sway from casual appreciation to intense involvement, and many did not go beyond imagined participation.

There have been interests that have been constant throughout all my years. Since about the age of nine, I began reading for pleasure. In my teens, I began writing, first by expressing myself through creative prose, then on to letters, blogging and journalling. With this was an interest in photography, which began in theory at about age 15 and continues practically to this day.

Which subjects will I explore now? I have a wayward mind, often unruly and sometimes impish. While my training is in landscape gardening and horticulture, I’ll stray into subjects like history, art, photography, travel, and the environment. I’ll include almost anything that piques my interest or raises my hackles.

  • After years of amateur macro, nature and travel photography, I will share some of my favourite images and why they appeal to me.
  • I’ll do some cultural mining, delving into the past for the good and the beautiful. Some of that mining will be in history, especially the art and artists from the post-Roman era and into the Northern Renaissance.
  • I’ll resurrect (and possibly refurbish) some favourite posts from my old blogs, which means I’ll explore aspects of evolution, atheism, reason, the history of science, nature, gardening, photography and, of course, bugs.
  • Warm nostalgia will be part of all this. There has been much in my life and former interests that were good and are worth retrospection.
  • Then there’s my most recent passion, cycling. Not competitive, but cycling as a pursuit for health, for small adventures, for excitement and escape. I like the whole concept of the bicycle itself, the design, the look, the person-driven power of it all. The best invention since legs.

Through writing, art and photography, I’ll share my pleasures and, sometimes, purge my grievances.

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Vanitas still life by  Pieter Claesz, 1630. Mauritshuis, The Hague
Vanitas still life by Pieter Claesz, 1630. Mauritshuis, The Hague


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