Author Archives: keatsbabe

For The Eve of St Agnes – John Keats at his very best

That, of course, was not me. The words are by John Keats, the poet who has inspired me and saved me in equal measure. The Eve of St Agnes was written approximately 200 years ago, so this is its bicentenary, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Keats, Literature, Poetry, Reading, Romanticism, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Great War guest post: A Granny’s Legacy – From Handsworth to Hebron with the Herefords

I wrote, before Christmas, of my concerns that post-Armistice Day centenary commemorations, the wonderful stories that are part of the heritage given to us by the Great War, would cease to interest the media. Despite there being much to learn … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Family History, First World War, History, War | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On post-Christmas blues and the possibilities for a Happy New Year

  Oh dear – it is our first New Year’s Eve in France and I feel all wrong. Isn’t Christmas peculiar? I commented on a friend’s Facebook post yesterday, one in which they asked how many others were feeling like … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Family, Mental health, Nostalgia, Religion, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The importance of woodland in a worrying world…

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on Earth But instead it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the Virgin Birth (Greg Lake ‘I believe in Father Christmas’) It is raining again, … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Current affairs, Literature, Mental health, walking, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Great War guest post: The Half-Shilling Curate – a story of love, valour & faith

To coincide with the commemorations held on Sunday, for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, I wrote a piece (HERE) about how we must, as we move on from the centenary events, continue to learn from the … Continue reading

Posted in First World War, History, Religion, War, World War Two | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Scene After the Battle’ – why we cannot let the 11/11/2018 be the end of the story…

My book, Shell Shocked Britain, was published by Pen and Sword Books four years ago, but it was always about the legacy of the Great War, rather than a history of the war itself. I have been talking to groups recently, … Continue reading

Posted in Family History, First World War, History, Poetry, Shell Shocked Britain, War | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ode to a Chestnut…

Back to blogging, and back to writing. Be patient with me – since moving to France my fingers have been slow to get moving across the keyboard or notebook. Things are warming up though, as the days get colder and, … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Health, Poetry, Random musings on family life, walking | Tagged , , | 3 Comments