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A Family At War #armisticeday

During the First World War, I had several relatives directly involved in the conflict. My maternal grandfather, Percy Francis had a fascinating war, joining the London Branch of the Seaforth Highlanders, having lost a bet that meant he had to … Continue reading

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Week Thirty-Eight: 2022

Well, that was a rollercoaster of a week. It ended with me coughing like a fifty a day trooper, diagnosed as a chest infection and told by the GP to take it easy, not something I’m especially good at. The … Continue reading

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I Swear

As a child I was sheltered from the adult world in many ways. One part, to which I returned this week was swearing and what one might describe as Oaths, Ancient and Modern. During my primary school years, I became … Continue reading

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Milk, Bread And Other Doorstep Stories

Is it only in the UK or is this a thing globally? A milkman comes to our door three times a week, delivering milk, oat milk, eggs, butter, cheese and apple juice in various quantities. He arrives in the wee … Continue reading

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Yoghurt And Other Savings

When the pandemic hit, we took note of the early shortages: toilet rolls, flour and gravel (some recipe; goodness knows what the cakes tasted like but I doubt they rose much). We planted veg and we made our own yoghurt … Continue reading

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That First Time

There’s a lot of difficult stuff in the news just now and normally I rise above it. But sometimes, amongst the flippancy and frivolity, there’s different emotion lurking and I was drawn to this piece about my first experiences of … Continue reading

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Aunts, Ancient And Modern #familymemories

PG Woodhouse was clear about how devilish Aunts could be in his fabulous Bertie Wooster books. I’ve been lucky with my aunts, both of them are alive and well and with power to add to the gaiety of nations. But … Continue reading

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Week Five: 2022

I’ve been running around rabbit holes this week. I blame David. He may be a friend but he got me thinking about the story of how my grandparents – mum’s mum and dad – came to marry. I will write … Continue reading

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It’s Just A Number

Funny thing, birthdays. They keep turning up, like the man who regularly knocks on the front door and tries to sell me horse manure. ‘Lovely stuff, Mr Le Pard. Nice and friable. Good for the roses.’ Like my birthdays. This … Continue reading

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November 11th And Giving Thanks To A Small Statue And Many, Many Men And Women #remembranceday

My brother, the Archaeologist wrote this piece for my blog back in 2014 when we were thinking about the 100th anniversary of the start of that god-awful conflict. On this day of days, a unusually mild and beautiful November here … Continue reading

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