Category Archives: family

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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Colouring the world

I don’t often write about the painting. To be fair, these days, I don’t do it often… and definitely not often enough. There is something entirely sensual about the smell of oils and the feel of canvas beneath the brush… … Continue reading

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A photograph…

Looking for photographs, I opened a folder on the computer. The first image I came across had me unexpectedly in tears. I have seen it hundreds of times and simply smiled, if a little wistfully. Yet this time, for some … Continue reading

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A family of dogs

There have not always been dogs in my life, but there have always been dogs in my heart. All of them, except the setters, who were family and Echo, who was a gift, were rescue dogs. And all of them … Continue reading

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Guest author: Marjorie Hembroff – Ghost in the Attic #short story

It was a warm summer afternoon, and Bess sat cross-legged on the wooden bench in the back yard of the red brick apartment building while her mother hosted a tea party. Bess had just finished her new novel when she … Continue reading

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Guest author: D. G. Kaye – Twenty years after “I do”.

Thank you for having me over Sue to share a little about my newest book, Twenty Years: After “I Do” – Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging, which was released in December 2017. This memoir touches on various aspects … Continue reading

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Steve Costello on A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

Reblogged from Beyond the Pyre, Steve Costello writes of A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow: Isn’t it wonderful when a friend tells you about their success? Judith Barrow told me about hers today with her novel, ‘A Hundred Tiny … Continue reading

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The face of history – A visit to Haddon Hall III

Although there are the grand tapestries, Great Hall and Long Gallery, as well as all the trappings of magnificence, there are corners of Haddon Hall that do not feel like a grand and glorious Country House. They simply feel like … 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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Charlie’s Legacy…. a short story by Jamie Dedes

As he settled near me on the park bench, I caught his scent: whisky, unbrushed teeth and unwashed clothes. Dirty nails poked through the frayed fingers of his wool gloves. At first he just sat there, happy for the company, … Continue reading

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