Category Archives: Family

End of Days

Think of the colour of dusk On a stormy February day- The bruised sky, pained, worn, drawn. That is the colour of your coma. Forget-me-never eyes Hidden beneath tissue thin Putty blue lids, quivering Shivering with who knows what dreams. … Continue reading

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Beginnings, middles and ends – not what you think…

Today I have been forced by events to think about births. And miracles. I am surrounded by friends celebrating imminent or new grandmother-ship. For most this has been as uneventful as such a wonderful event can be. Occasionally though, something … Continue reading

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Right place, wrong time.

Virginia Water on a sunny, though still chilly, Sunday morning is a sight to behold. The water shines like silver in the sun, dotted with water birds, busy and full of self importance as they bustle about. Dogs, invariably retriever/labrador … Continue reading

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Happy 24th February -because it feels like spring

It’s happened again and what’s more, I noticed. Like many other bloggers, diarists and commentators on life, I want to mark the day. Today is the day that I noticed that Spring is on its way. The sun is so … Continue reading

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Burnt toast, lost dog Sunday

Not the best day so far. The house smells of burnt toast, a seemingly impossible small to eradicate. Not a calamity, but more a sign of things to come. The two computers in use in the house seem intent on … Continue reading

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Twiddles and Tweets

I have found that it is entirely possible to spend the whole day fiddling with blogs and tweets and facebook walls. Linking them and making them look pretty is a consuming pastime but I need to remember the reason I … Continue reading

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Entries and eulogies

Just come  back from a great writing session. The mix of styles in the Wednesday group is impressive, as is the combined accolades won by group members. Entries were being compiled for the Slough Arts Festival as the closing date … Continue reading

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Small Boots, Big Ideas

There are so many nifty bits to this blogging business and yesterday my ideas were too big for my boots. I have added a ‘ Home’ page, not once, but twice. It is the same page, but there are two links … Continue reading

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Poetic Pomegranates

Fifty poems. I need fifty poems by the end of July, all linked to the theme of War…or rather, what it is like to have a close family member serving in the Armed Forces at a time of heightened activity. … Continue reading

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Throat lozenges and good friends

Throat Lozenges and Good Friends It had to happen. One of the great tools in dealing with ME, and one it has taken me five years to understand, is the need for balance. An easy enough principle you’d think, but … Continue reading

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