Category Archives: children

Under the rainbow

While her dad and I worked in the garden, fixing the wind-battered shed, Hollie sat at my desk, watching the fish in the aquarium and drawing me a picture. We had just been looking at some photos of her father … Continue reading

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Just for me?

Late last night, I had a real craving for a home-made cheese scone. Today, I did something I have never done before. I baked. Not that baking is anything new in itself… When the boys were young, I baked every … Continue reading

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Small change…

I had been called to my younger son’s home on a matter of vital importance… almost a mission of mercy; I had to teach him the innermost secrets of baking my lemon meringue pie. It had been too long since … Continue reading

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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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