Still the mind and practice freedom

This re-blog is from Mindfulbalance. Words of wisdom every day.



A new month.

A lot of anxiety and dysfunction all around. The challenge: Not to be a victim of the frantic world in which we live in, or of the way in which our nervous systems respond.

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water,

and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.

I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

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New Author Blog!


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For the last week I have been creating a new blog to showcase my ebooks and illustrations, and hopefully connect with other authors, illustrators, and photo-editors. I started writing when we retired to France back in 2004, my first book was what I would describe as a true romantic adventure. I hoped that this book would help anyone who was ‘stuck’ and feeling low about their self-image, and inspire them to believe that change is possible; that the door is never shut to a new possibility. And when that possibility comes along don’t be afraid to grasp it and see where it takes you.

My second book was a fantasy novel, with elves, trolls, animals, and an elf girl heroine. I’m currently making some small changes, and creating a new cover, and will then re-publish this book on Amazon Kindle.

Most recently, last week in fact, I published The Mouse and the Microlight on Kindle. Thanks to all those lovely followers who helped me decide on the fonts for the cover!

If you’d like a peek at the new site it’s over here at Jude Thompson Books.

I’d love your opinions on the new blog!




Help! Which Cover?


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I’ve been designing a cover for my book which I’m soon going to self-publish on Amazon Kindle. You can read many different opinions about book covers and does and don’ts but in the end I felt I had to go with what I felt suited the content. The book is a 16,000 word, fictional story, about a wood-mouse that by chance starts going flying in a microlight. He’s also a mouse that hasn’t yet chosen a name for himself (as wood mice must do). Born with a somewhat rebellious and unconventional nature he disappoints his family who dub him odd, and different, and eventually reject him. Flying becomes his passion, and in the end brings him back to his family.

If you have a moment I’d really appreciate it if you’d tell me which cover you prefer. The picture is obviously the same on both, it’s the font for the title and signature that I can’t quite decide on. Does anyone think the author name should maybe be in a more conventional font? I’ll really appreciate your opinions!







Third Cover added after comments!


An Oak Apple


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The Oak Apple, actually known as an Oak Apple Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. It can be found between May and June on oak twigs where the female has laid her eggs in the leaf bud. Inside the gall there are a number of chambers, each housing a larva which eats its way out. Adults emerge in June and July.

My hubby spotted this oak apple on a walk through the woods, a lucky find among all the autumn leaves. I found it quite fascinating how the gall is absolutely super-glued to the oak leaf. Photographing it was great fun.



Positive Thoughts for 2017


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In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer

Albert Camus



Wishing all my fellow bloggers a wonderful 2017 with good health and happiness!

The photo is one that I’ve just put up on my photo blog for the Weekly Photo Challenge, the theme was ‘Resilience’. These very resilient roses were still blooming a few days ago and were covered in frost! I liked the photo rather a lot, and the quote I found by Albert Camus, the French philosopher. It seems a good choice to wish you all well for the coming year, and I hope that whatever happens you’ll find your invincible summer!