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I Have Worms!

Pam Lazos wrote recently, here, on the joys of compost which I can echo. It made me, once again, recognise a parental lesson I received from a young age. My parents, specifically my mother recycled, repurposed and upcycled well before … Continue reading

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If You Want To Get Ahead….

It is a fact, sad or otherwise that these days I am follicly challenged. I have perhaps grown too far upwards, experiencing the human equivalent of the tree line on mountains, above which hair will not grow. Some suggest it … Continue reading

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Sun, Sea, Sand And #holidays

Every holiday from my earliest memory meant a visit to my mother’s mother – my Gran – who lived in a tall Georgian terraced house on the sea front at Herne Bay in North Kent. I could wax lyrical describing … Continue reading

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The Five Things I Learned From Jigsaw Puzzles

I was in a garden centre today, acting as moral support and guard duty for the Textiliste. It’s not that she is regularly under threat, you understand but any trip out that involves her mother runs the risk of strangling … Continue reading

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Tipping Points: Baden-Powell, His Part In My History

Hindsight: you’ve got to love it, haven’t you? You look back on an event, and see the blindingly obvious. It was a watershed moment even if at the time it was the epitome of humdrum. If I listed the biggies: … Continue reading

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Walking With The Wind At My Back: Part Two

St Bees To Patterdale The start of any long walk was full of apprehension. Will the body cope? Will my companions cope? Will my relationship with my companions cope? It rarely involved any sort of ‘will it be fun?’ I … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

My Christmases as a child were what we called traditional but everyone’s Christmas traditions have their own quirks, imposed by the characteristics of the participants. These are mine. 1. My father enjoyed a pint. Or several. He was an active … Continue reading

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