49 Days In 1988: Week 41 – New Beginning

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – October 20th, 1988

The first month of 1988 took me travelling to Gran-Canaria. What a holiday that was! Tomorrow will see me leaving again for a new destination, this time it is Amsterdam.

I’m going with Simon, and although it’s only going to be a four-day break, I’m looking forward to it very much. I hope it will be as enjoyable as my Gran-Canaria holiday and, when we get back to London, we will both be happy and content. We certainly need a break after the recent house move and all the events that have been happening to both of us. 

I’ve enjoyed today, it being the first day of my nine-day break from work. It was good to be at home when Rod returned home from his holiday. Hearing all about it has certainly put me in the holiday mood. He had many adventures, most too risky to talk about here. 

Tonight, I feel as if all the upheaval from recent months has finally left me. All I think about (apart from the upcoming holiday) is that new doors are opening for me. I’ve moved on, and new adventures and people now await me. 

I wonder what the last few months of 1988 hold for me?

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

This week my guest is the author, writer, and blogger, Judith Barrow.

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Author, writer, and blogger, Judith Barrow

Although Judith was born and brought up in a small village on the edge of the Pennine Moors in Yorkshire, for the last forty years she’s lived with her husband and family near the coast in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, UK.

 Judith has written all of her life and has had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles. She only started to seriously write novels after she’d had breast cancer twenty years ago.

Four novels safely stashed away, never to see the light of day again, she had the first of her trilogy, Pattern of Shadows, published in 2010 with Honno, the Welsh Women’s Press, the sequel, Changing Patterns, in 2013 and the last, Living in the Shadows in 2015. The prequel, A Hundred Tiny Threads was published in August 2017.

Book Blurb –

It’s 1911, and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life. 

Click here to buy A Hundred Tiny Threads.

At the moment Judith is editing a novel that’s a little different from her first novels. She’s also writing another family saga and has plotted out a third.

Judith has an MA in Creative Writing, B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing.  She is also a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council’s Lifelong Learning Programme and gives talks and run workshops on all genres.

Along with friend and fellow author, Thorne Moore, She also organises a book fair in September. Here’s the link that tells all!! Narberth Book Fair.

When not writing or teaching, Judith is doing research for her writing, walking the Pembrokeshire coastline or reading and reviewing books for Rosie Amber’s Review Team #RBRT, along with some other brilliant authors and bloggers.

Connect with Judith.







Judith’s song choice is Graceland by Paul Simon.

Released as an album in 1986,  Graceland has gone on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and also scooped the Grammy award for ‘Album of The Year’ in 1987. Although the track Graceland was also released as a single, it didn’t perform as well in the singles’ charts, peaking at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A, and at number 98 in the UK.

It’s been quoted that ‘Graceland’ is a metaphor for forgiveness, redemption and new beginnings. New beginnings were undoubtedly something I felt were coming towards me at the end of October 1988. Do you have a favourite song connected to new beginnings? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, there may be new beginnings for me but, for others, the end of an era is about to take place. Find out who by clicking here.

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48 thoughts

  1. There is nothing like a leisurely vacation to bring on a fresh perspective and induce relaxation and happiness, Hugh! So nice to learn more about Judith! What a “pedigree” she has with those degrees. Seems she lives and breathes writing and I’m sure is continuously inspired on her walks on the coast!

    1. I agree, Terri. Going on holiday seems to be like closing a door and reopening it again when we get back. What we see behind that door is the path to what lies ahead for us. Well, that’s how I look at it, anyway.

      Judith lives in a beautiful part of the world. But then I would say that with only living about 30 miles away from her. 😀

  2. It’s fun to read an upbeat diary entry, Hugh. I hope the burden of troubles was behind you. And lovely to see Judith over here, to learn about her life-long love of writing as well get a peek into her book. Great song choice! I can’t believe that song is so old. Seems like yesterday. 🙂

  3. Really enjoyed this and it’s a bit creepy how little Judith’s changed. Methinks there’s a picture in an attic somewhere. I read A Hundred Tiny Threads a few days ago and it’s brilliant – a page-turning novel populated with authentic characters set against a backdrop of turbulent change. Go buy!

  4. What a positive sounding Hugh in this post. Great to know things were going well and I hope the rest of the year continued that way. I enjoyed Judith’s song choice – and loved all her books.

  5. Good to see you feeling positive in your diary, Hugh!
    Nice to see Judith here with her fabulous books. They are on my TBR list. Looking forward to reading them. Hugs to you both! 😘🤗

  6. Okay, So it’s Simon this week. You did say there was an interest. Can’t wait to hear all the sordid details. 😎

    Hi Judith,
    Great meeting you. I like your selection of Graceland. I have the CD

    Here is a favorite of mine from the album

    1. No, never an interest (romanticly) with Simon, Chuck. He was always just a good friend of mine.

      We’d just become house buddies, sharing a house with one other guy, Rod.

      As for the sordid details, next week’s entry is set many days after the trip, by which times different things were happening.

  7. There is that positive attitude again, Hugh! I’d be excited as well, with a holiday coming up. Hurrah for new beginnings. And, bravo for Judith, another one of your busy, intelligent and industrious guests. She sounds like a pro on anything writing. Such focus and determination to have this many novels written and projects to be involved in.

    1. I was just glad of the upcoming get away from London and my busy life at that time, Liesbet. It seemed to give me the feeling of a new beginning. The trip taught me one vital lesson, though.

      Judith is a wonderful person. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her several times. We once shared a table at a book fair, too. It was great fun.

  8. Ah for the feeling of ” new doors are opening”… this is a lovely entry, Hugh. I hope the months that followed lived up to that feeling. I can’t think of a “Graceland” related song/feeling. That’s a good “positivity assignment.” I’ll put some thought into it.
    I’m happy to see Judith and her marvelous book here. Wishing you both a terrific Tuesday. Hugs.

    1. The holiday to Gran Canaria earlier in the year was a great holiday, Brigid. The one to Amsterdam taught me a few good lessons about people. Unfortunately, our next entry is set after the trip to Amsterdam so we won’t hear much about it.

  9. You sound so happy and positive in this entry. I love that. A song that always makes me think of new beginnings is Glass Tiger’s Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone. We moved to Vancouver from Calgary in 1989, which was a huge move for me away from friends and family, but the start of an incredible phase in my life. This song was very popular at the time and every time I hear it I think of that time in my life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx6_-urg5fo

    1. What a great song to share with us, Darlene. One I’ve never heard before, but instantly liked when I played the video. So pleased to hear that the move to Vancouver led to an incredible phase of your life. Moving to London in 1986 did the same thing for me.

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