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If A Cobra Can Spit So Can I

If A Cobra Can Spit So Can I -

That’s the extent of my frustration. If a gadget works perfectly one minute why not the next? Sending a Kodak film to the lab was so much easier, let them sit with all the hassles. What’s more if you went to Clicks you didn’t even have to take all the duds. My card reader has just died a quiet little death. Lights out. End of story. Last week was a busy one. Whether you like it or not everyone is celebrating, it’s all end of year functions, prize-giving and patting eac...

The Rollercoaster That Was February

The Rollercoaster That Was February -

Forest Gump’s Mother said “life was like a box of chocolates”. February was like that, but the metaphor looked more like the box my sweet sister-in-law presented us with two weeks ago. The box was beautifully crafted and finished off with a pretty red bow, but, alas, had melted into one snotty blob. I thought it funny, she was embarrassed. That’s life. The opened box is still sitting in the pantry cupboard I’m not sure I know what to do with the unfortunate offering...

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name? -

“Jason scratched his head.”You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘Festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?” Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child, my first grand-nephew and my parent’s first great-grandchild, the excitement is palpable and conversations naturally centre on this forthcoming event. My nephew lives abroad and my parents are very cu...

We've got to talk about THAT

We've got to talk about THAT -

I sigh, (I do that a lot when I’m sad or depressed) as I open the fridge door after weeks away. Not because it’s a shambles. It’s because we “save for rainy days”. Why do we do that? I look at the shrivelled carrots, the drooping celery sticks and the blackened fine green beans. As I drop the pathetic looking remains of the Venison Salami and the rock hard wedge of Pecorino cheese, mouldy bottles of jams, syrups and pesto’s into the bin I wonder why we keep an...

Can't Live Without Books

Can't Live Without Books -

For the past 34 years I’ve been a member of a Ladies Evening Book Club. I rarely miss a meeting and can't wait to see the new books, my love affair is with the books, I adore my friends, but I can’t do without the books. The smell of the paper makes me swoon. My love of stories and books started as a child, my parents read to us as children and introduced us to this addiction. Both my parents loved reading so we always had many books in our house and my paternal Grandfather even co...

Fabulous Friends, Food And Frivolous Fun

Fabulous Friends, Food And Frivolous Fun -

Was exactly how my weekend started. We’re born into families, some are single parent ones, adopted ones or traditional ones. We can't choose them, friends are the people we pick along the way. People who intrigue and fascinate us, who we have something in common with or it’s the child you sit next to in the classroom, later it's the Mum you meet at your childs' nursery school or at the dentist’s. If you’re lucky, you’ll remain friends forever. Friends inspire us, mo...

Don't Get Me Wrong

Don't Get Me Wrong -

It’s been a busy month since my last scribbling, an exciting time it’s been too. On the day it rained I set off at the appointed hour, very early, to meet them at the airport. It was exciting. Rain. Soft, gentle, penetrating, misty rain. Enough to soak our scorched land. Not enough to break a drought. I was early, traffic was slow I could do it at a good clip. The mountains surrounding me were wondrous, low clouds, saturated colours. Irresistible. A good photo opportunity. Besides...

Have Passport Will Travel

Have Passport Will Travel -

For weeks we’ve spoken about nothing except Princess Open Book's holiday to Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique. The child’s tired, over-worked, stressed and fatigued and needs to detoxify of all her physical, mental and emotional toxins. We’ve sent lists of what to haves, what to take, what not to do, to do, to see, to encounter and of course the usual debate; “should we do Malaria tablets?” of course you have to, that’s not debatable it’s a given. So we Goog...

At a Loss

At a Loss -

“Before the war Sofya Levinton had once said to Yevgenia Nikolaevna Shaposhnikova, “If one man is fated to be killed by another, it would be interesting to trace the gradual convergence of their paths. At the start they might be miles away from one another – I might be in Pamir picking alpine roses and clicking my camera, while this other man, my death, might be eight thousand miles away, fishing for ruff in a little stream after school. I might be getting ready to go to a conc...

Missive From Glam'ma

Missive From Glam'ma -

“Grandchildren now don't write a thank you for the Christmas presents. They are walking on their pants with their cap on backward, listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy, Snoopy Poop Dog.” ― Alan Simpson Dearest Nunu, You’re not a twinkle in your Fathers’ eye anymore you’re a reality, I saw you in all your glory on What’s App when your Mom sent us the sonar photograph. Welcome to the womb my sweet boy! When I was a girl my Granny used to send me postcar...

Missive From Glam'ma

Missive From Glam'ma -

“Grandchildren now don't write a thank you for the Christmas presents. They are walking on their pants with their cap on backward, listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy, Snoopy Poop Dog.” ― Alan Simpson Dearest Nunu, You’re not a twinkle in your Fathers’ eye anymore you’re a reality, I saw you in all your glory on What’s App when your Mom sent us the sonar photograph. Welcome to the womb my sweet boy! When I was a girl my Granny used to send me postcar...

Running Circles Around Life

Running Circles Around Life -

Today you’ll close this gate; you’ve gone full circle with your journey here. You arrived as a beautiful, sexy, vivacious Englishwoman 38 years ago. Choices have never been yours to make, circumstances dictated your every move. “She took a step and didn't want to take any more, but she did.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief No one knows your mind, none can walk in your shoes yet our hearts are sad, I feel a fist closing around my throat and another clenching my hea...

Bargains Budgets And Builders

Bargains Budgets And Builders -

Those three things have nothing in common and could jeopardize a relationship especially a marriage. Renovating a house doesn't happen every day. One needs a decade to recover, to build up resilience for the next one or for the memories to fade. The pain of childbirth fades sooner. And so it came to pass that we decided to do minor renovations to our home. The timing was perfect, our budget was reasonable but adequate (we thought), we just needed a builder. The first guy impressed, a…

Clowning About - From Your Besotted Gram'ma

Clowning About - From Your Besotted Gram'ma -

This is a back-to-front letter. Your Mom has celebrated her birthday, we've pampered our Dads, you've turned one and I've got a few more grey hairs. The mountains are covered in snow but the sun still shines warmly on our backs. Landmarks flash past as the year speeds up, typically all we do is go with the flow, seldom stopping to enjoy the ride. Let's get you on a time machine, imagine your letter delivered by hand, the content will be a little outdated. It's taken a long time to write…

Lise, My Camino Compañero

Lise, My Camino Compañero -

We have made it to Barcelos in one piece, a little bruised and battle weary. We could lament the state of our toes until the cows come home, but we’re braver than that. We'll dust overselves off and soldier on. I watch her sleep, always the sleep of the innocent, so quiet, not a snore, not a movement, she just lies there, just a gentle rise and fall of her chest visible, and I have to really concentrate to see it. Not a sign to say she's stressed, tired or irritable, one would never b...

If/when I see myself in a mirror I automatically look behind me!   I have to go to spinning classes for my blood circulation   I've got my Mom's hands and Grand-mama's liver spots.   I'm not a blonde anymore   Clothes' sizing has changed; a size 12 is the new size 9   Having the Apple iTiti implants will be a knee replacement.   If I fall I'll probably have a hip replacement.   I can't go without earrings.   Suffering from Novinophobia is the least of my probl...

12 Facts -

If/when I see myself in a mirror I automatically look behind me! I have to go to spinning classes for my blood circulation I've got my Mom's hands and Grand-mama's liver spots. I'm not a blonde anymore Clothes' sizing has changed; a size 12 is the new size 9 Having the Apple iTiti implants will be a knee replacement. If I fall I'll probably have a hip replacement. I can't go without earrings. Suffering from Novinophobia is the least of my problems. I don't suffer fools gladly. ...