106 – Jubilee Monday

Sometimes it’s easy to remember where you were on a certain date, what you were doing.  Kennedy’s assassination, Diana’s death, the twin towers – those big, shared experiences.  And some of the big royal occasions.  For a non-Royalist, how odd that big moments in my life seem to have been marked by the Queen’s jubilees. Continue reading

53 – First-World Problems

“Oh you’re SOOoooo lucky!”   I get told that a lot.  Of course I know I’m lucky.   What’s more, I remind myself every day.  Probably every hour.   But it’s not because I live in two beautiful places and have the freedom to enjoy them.  It’s certainly not for the reasons most people mean when they say “Oh you’re SOOoooo lucky!” Continue reading

38 – A Spang-ly Spang-lish Christmas

Traditions from home and abroad mingled this year, and new traditions began as old ones were put away.  The warm sun made this a very different Christmas from those of previous years, plus a new village, new neighbours, and the first Christmas in 54 years without Mum. Continue reading

34 – The Enchanted Place

“Christopher Robin was going away.”  Possibly the most tear-jerking words in the whole canon of children’s literature.   The opening line of “The House at Pooh Corner” – chapter ten “In Which Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an Enchanted Place and We Leave Them There.”

It makes tough reading, even for grown-ups. Continue reading

30 – Bubble-Wrap and Pointless Possessions

A motorbike, two heads of antlers, a billiard table and a bonsai tree.  Somebody’s idea of the 5 most important things to take to Spain.   I suppose it must make sense to them.  Conveniently, the person who had booked three quarters of Graham’s transit van for their antlers and other valuables, had left room at the back for my stuff. Continue reading