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Unforgivable

In an almost unheard of break with our family’s long-standing tradition of avoiding one another, my parents are currently staying with my Aunt Poodle-Perm and her husband Under-The-Thumb. This, I cannot help but feel, will be a precursor to some … Continue reading

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Niece Niceness

I know, pictures of other people’s children are as unforgiveably dull as other people’s dreams but… they’re so cute! This is my niece Beatrice joining her monkeys in a rousing chorus of ‘Ooh ooh oooohs’: And hiding in the toy … Continue reading

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Fa la la la laaaa, la la la lah!

In Brief: 1. The thing about adventures is that they’re always more fun once you’ve been successfully rescued from them. 2. And the thing about 2 year olds is that they simply never cease to surprise you. 3. And the … Continue reading

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Family (well, two members thereof) and Friends

1. This morning I received this photo of my father and sister, taken a couple of weekends ago. My father’s hair used to be auburn, hence the reddish colour of my sister’s dark hair. My mother was blonde – now … Continue reading

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In Which There is Just So Much Happening Here I May Have to Lie Down

1. My younger sister has to have an operation on her spine to remove pieces of cartilage which have split and are now poking out from between her vertebrae and aggravating her sciatic nerve, hence her recent leg and back … Continue reading

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Friends: out of sight but not out of mind

I know who my friends are. They’re the ones who, even though I now live on the other side of the planet, still spare a daily thought for me, as I do for them. The ones whose emails and phone … Continue reading

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Rural idyll

My brother and my niece, off for a walk through the village in the Spring sunshine. And yes, everyone in England lives like this, in a thatched cottage with a garden path bordered by lavender. Don’t believe what you see … Continue reading

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Home. Sick.

For the first time in the two years since I moved here to Sydney, I really wish I were back in England. The younger of my two sisters is in bed, unable to move and in a great deal of … Continue reading

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