Blog 113 – 31.12.18. Today, I decide to be….less

In theory of course the 31st of December is just another day of the year. Really. It is. Just goes to show that only our brains make it something special or different. I guess that means that absolutely any day can mark something special or different, if we so choose… Continue reading

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Blog 112 – 25.11.18. Dog day winter afternoon…

This is a day when I should have been feeling low. But somehow smiles managed to accidentally break out of me as I was coming home from church…and I got smiles back. I popped into a new local fashion boutique and eyed-up all the rather expensive but very well made clothes and made friends with Charlotte the owner. Will definitely be popping back there again. Continue reading

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Blog 111 – 31.10.18. The Matriarch of Riverside….

In my 20s, a few years after university, my housemate/landlord Robin, told me about a development of newly refurbished ex-council flats in a (then) near deserted part of London’s docklands called Wapping. Most of the docks had closed and the area was always a little strange; no-one I knew had ever been there, despite it being less than a 5 minute drive from the Tower of London (built by William the Conqueror around 1000 years ago). Continue reading

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Blog 110 – 5.10.18. The sheer Spanish, French, Chinese-ness of it…

Look…I’m not saying that London is some kind of ‘rosy haven’ of a place…well, except that when I do focus on the rosy haven-ness of it, it becomes easier to see more rosy haven, so to speak. And I do so like it when others see it too. What I’m amazed about is how we Londoners cannot see ourselves very well…I guess nobody can. Continue reading

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Blog 109 – 20.9.18..a prehistoric cut above..

September is actually the New Year. I mean…it should be. It’s the end of the holidays and it’s when school starts. It’s when ones thoughts turn, pretty abruptly, from the frivolity of frolicking in sandals to the sturdy lace-ups of more indoor-based activities…like studying… Continue reading

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Blog 108 -7.8.18..Roll out the soda, pretzels and beer…

I’ve got a stinking cold and sore throat…the kind you might get once a stressful period is over and you can finally afford to collapse in a heap… yes…we have a beautiful new extended kitchen…and yes, it was worth it. And yes, we are still cleaning up the dust. Continue reading

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Blog 107 – 30.6.18. And so we went…

And so we went….to Rutland. Never heard of Rutland? Good. We’d like to keep it that way. We escaped the building dust for a week by driving 2 hours or so north of London to England’s smallest county. Continue reading

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Blog 106 – 12.6.18. The end is just about nigh….

No….this is not my week. I haven’t had my week for some…weeks. I’m snappy and unpleasant…because things are not going to plan. Continue reading

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Blog 105 – 1.6.18. Like Beirut….

I remember from my youth that untidy teenage bedrooms, car pile ups, dodgy council estates or any chaotic situation would be described as ‘like living in Beirut’…i.e. a war zone…. Continue reading

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Blog 104 – 13.4.18. Home wasn’t built in a day….

Shhh…look…just don’t jinx me by telling anyone. I don’t know quite how it happened…really I don’t. We have a….shhhh…great builder. Yep. They exist and they are right here in south London…shhh now. Don’t blab about it. Please. In case our stunning good fortune takes a hit. Continue reading

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