The Apple Tree by Daphne Du Maurier is the latest short story I have read.

Apple Tree By Daphne Du Maurier

In the book, we meet a man who has recently lost his wife. Daphne Du Maurier must have a thing about death and loss methinks.

The couple’s marriage is described and whilst not without affection, seems stale. In Fact, as the wife was described I recognised some rather uncomfortable aspects of myself and started to feel sorry for my poor husband. I can be a bit of martyr at times whingeing rather than stating clearly what I want and how.

It is clear that the man is of the landed gentry variety and he has staff.

One night as he stands at a window, one of the apple tress he sees takes on a strange character. Over the course of the story, it is clear that whether through grief or paranormal activity, the tree is becoming his wife in some way. He is enjoying his new freedoms and does not like that apple tree’s reminders one bit.

He tries to destroy the tree but a series of events make the tree inescapable again perhaps reflecting his long marriage.

He prefers another apple tree which comes to take on the character of a young woman he had a very brief fling with many years ago.

Will he get rid of the tree? Will his memories be as easy to erase? What happened to the woman who gave him new life all those years ago?

You will have to read it to find out.

I felt the book was very clever as you really bought into the idea that the wife was coming back to haunt him in some way.

Once again as in so many short stories, the ending seemed rushed but overall, this was a great read.

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What are the things that make women inspirational?

Just A Woman

What makes a woman inspirational will of course vary a little according to the individual concerned. Inspirational is one of those words that is a little intangible and you can bet your bottom dollar that if you tell someone they are inspirational they will argue that they are not.

Things that make women inspirational

Here are my ideas on what makes a woman inspirational and I would love to know what you think.

1. She speaks honestly and openly.

2. She describes genuine feelings which helps others to feel less isolated.

3. She is not scared to tackle the taboo or uncomfortable issues.

4. She accepts that women have a right to do their own research and to decide on the best course of action for them.

5. She does not big herself up.

6. She counts her blessings.

7. She is likely to have overcome great difficulties and obstacles.

8. She focuses more on others rather than worrying about what others think about her

9. She will give advice but not insist people take it.

10. She asks for support when she needs it

11. She keep on keeping on

23 things that make a woman inspirational

12. She has learned to take time out and relax for her own wellbeing and so that after a break she can get back to changing things for the better.

13. She knows as life changes, she may have to rediscover or reinvent herself

14. She will challenge the status quo

15. She will go out of her comfort zone

16. She will remember and honour those who helped her on her journey.

17. She makes things happen

18. She knows she does not have all the answers so she has the ability to listen and learn

10. She is resourceful seeking out the right knowledge, equipment, contact, skills, qualities or person.

20. She is the one of those special individuals who just get on and do it whilst everyone else is talking about it.

21. She counts herself amongst generous spirits happy to share what they have learned along the way.

22. She smiles and can be fun to have around.

23. She creates memorable moments.

Where are they?

So who are these inspirational women? You will find them amongst the creators and the campaigners. You will also find them in business, in the public sector and in charities. You will also them amongst the stay at home mums a lot. I bet you can name one in your own head right now.

Over to you, what does make women inspirational?

So do you know an inspirational woman and what does she mean to you?

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