Monthly Archives: May 2014


I never want to hear Ani scream ever, ever again. And I work with a system that teaches non attachment…? Yeah, right. There is a fence that runs down the garden, a low wooden fence designed to keep Ani out … Continue reading

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Long Leggety Beasties by Alienora Taylor

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:
Long leggety beasties by alienora taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Miss Geraldine Dolan is a probationary teacher in her first job. She’s been accepted as an English teacher at St.Thelma’s school in Cornwall.…

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You can go off people….

After a couple of days, camera in hand with my son Nick in his garden, I was feeling quite pleased with some of the shots I had taken of the birds on the feeder. The he showed me his. ‘Waste … Continue reading

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Through the wringer

I have fond memories of the mangle… and the peggy tub and posser… helping my great grandmother feed the sodden clothes through the heavy rollers on washday and seeing them come out as flattened and hard lumps of cloth. I … Continue reading

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At the feeder

“You’re as bad as Ani!” I look round, guiltily from my fascinated observation of the birds. My son sighs. “I know where she gets it from now.” I’m not allowed bird feeders in my garden. Ani objects to avian invasion … Continue reading

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A final day

The three of us shared a final dinner at the Chequers, a lovely old 17th century inn, in Weston Turville, where the food is simply superb. I had been there hundreds of times before, but only as transport for my … Continue reading

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Deer and wild garlic

Monday morning I was back at work. Except, my guest was still with me and so I was still on holiday…and, appearances aside, much of the holiday too had been work, though of another kind. My job is my son… … Continue reading

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Moors, music and mysteries

It was our last day in the north and the sun was shining. Stuart and I had breakfast in the park before collecting our friend, then the three of us set off to enjoy the morning, starting with the beauty … Continue reading

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Oysters and peacocks

Saturday morning dawned bright and beautiful, if a little on the breezy side. We had been late back from the School gathering and after the long drive there seemed little point in rushing. Leisurely was fine. Stuart and I met … Continue reading

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Heading south

Friday morning we said a fond and very reluctant farewell to our hostess and hit the road early. The visit had been way too short. We had seen little of Scotland, but that wasn’t why we were here. It was … Continue reading

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