Have you ever lost photos on your digital camera? I am sooooo upset - I took some wonderful photos (well, with digital cameras you never really know if they're wonderful until you view them on your computer or whatever, do you?) of, amongst other places, Cambridge, in the snow. After convincing my friends that punting on the Cam in the Big Freeze at 4pm was a unique opportunity that may not occur again in our lifetime, we set off wrapped in layers of blankets, clutching hot water bottles and alternately drinking hot chocolate and mulled wine. I promised to let them have images of our adventure, but I now find that something went wrong with the camera. I've either deleted those photos of snow-clad, ancient academic spires bathed in the most exquisite light or the memory card was full.
This led me to think about our delightful tutor's advice to never delete or play with those first, raw drafts of written work without keeping a copy of them intact in their original state, as we might want to revisit them.
I was going to accompany this posting with a delightful image but the fickle finger of fate or the camera operator (moi!) has decided otherwise. Sorry!
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Why Jacaranda you ask? In case you are reading this the other side of the world and are not sure, Jacaranda is the name of a beautiful tree, which blooms around Oct/Nov, mostly in the Eastern states of Australia. Its flowers are the most exquisite shade of blue-purple, the nearest comparison probably being hyacinth blue, so who could not be inspired to write by such a spiritual colour? When the jacarandas start to blossom, you know it's exam time, but you also know that Christmas is just around the corner. It is said that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head as you walk underneath a tree, good fortune is sure to follow, so guess who did a lot of walking under jacaranda trees! Watch this space for changing images of this lovely tree!