Category Archives: children

A Thousand Miles of History XIII: A toe in the water

The legendary land of Lyonesse lies off the uttermost point of Britain. It is told that the people of that land were tall and fair, beautiful to behold, wise and learned. At the centre of their lands was a wondrous … Continue reading

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Whitsy clothes

As I drove home from work on Whit Sunday, I passed a family walking in the sunshine. They were all female, and looked to be from around four years old to great-granny in her eighties. It took me back to … Continue reading

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With Love…

When a young mother could not bear to discard her first baby’s clothes, she decided to make them into a keepsake for her daughter. That baby was my granddaughter, Hollie and three years later, Hollie was joined by Imogen. Laura, … Continue reading

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Childhood fantasy

He’s right… by the time you reach an age with double figures, fairy stories are for babies… and you are no longer a babe. In just the same way that we cease admitting to the guilty affection for the music … Continue reading

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A mother’s day…

I woke late and tired, having slept through all three of the alarms I had set to get me to work on time. The problem was, I had been unable to sleep until dawn, so I was bleary eyed as … Continue reading

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Down the Snow Stairs

It has been a weekend of inclement weather. When the Siberian winds finally dropped, the snow fell, closing roads and making even the shortest journey hazardous. Snow always takes me back to childhood, even when it is inconvenient or the … Continue reading

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The Grampire, Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An’ foolish notion: What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us, An’ ev’n devotion! Robert Burns: … Continue reading

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Christmas with the small dog…

Santa came! With loads of chickeny treats and balls… and a big, long furry snake that squeaks everywhere! I learned what it was called in three goes too! Then we had a walk in the dark, and that’s always fun … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar – a short story from Geoff Le Pard

Reblogged from Tangental: ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, 14 looked up from her book. Gilly, her mother, said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus.’ ‘Who is Uncle Augustus?’ ‘I don’t really know. Someone on your father’s side. Do you remember … Continue reading

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Ani’s Advent archives – A Visit

Reblogged from Ani’s Advent last year… Dear Santa… ‘Twas a fortnight till Christmas And all through the flat Not a creature was stirring She’s glad about that… She’d had quite enough Throwing balls for the day And had told me … Continue reading

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