Tag Archives: America

Happy Thanksgiving

From across the Shining Sea, I wish my dear American family and friends a Peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Of Guns And Flowers And A Car Crash

On Wednesday just before lunchtime, somebody drove across my path in the middle of a roundabout (I had right of way). I barely had time to slam on my brakes before crashing with a sickening thud into the side of … Continue reading

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Happy July 4th: Back To Blogging On Monday

Wishing my dear American family and friends a wonderful July 4th.  I hold dear so many happy family memories of picnics, barbeques, and fireworks, joining in with the celebrations on the Central Coast of California. I never expected to be … Continue reading

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Crazy Alien: Bite-Size Memoir

Whenever I think of anything to do with immigration, I get a shiver of crazy. My first brush with American immigration happened when I turned up alone at Dulles International Airport newly arrived from London. It was 1980, my boyfriend … Continue reading

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Are We Nearly There Yet?

“Are we nearly there yet?”  How many times as kids did we ask this question of our parents during inexcusably long car journeys? When it came time for my own children to ask me the very same, my answer was … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition is British High Tea in California

This week’s theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Juxtaposition.  Juxtaposition is defined in the Collins English Dictionary in this way: ‘The juxtaposition of two contrasting objects, images, or ideas is the fact that they are placed together or described … Continue reading

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Christmas Storms, Thunder for New Year’s Eve and Thank You Classic FM!

Well here we are, it’s 2014 and I can hardly believe it! How are you all my dear friends? I do hope you all had a truly wonderful Christmas and that you saw the New Year in with style?  We … Continue reading

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Ever Thankful and One Crazy Grandma

Here we are and it’s Friday again, and time is a-flying! I had to go into town today to get a few things, ha!  It was crazily busy, you would think that Christmas is just around the corner.  Oh wait, … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night and A Drive in the Wilds of Wiltshire

 Remember, remember!  The fifth of November,  The Gunpowder treason and plot;  I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! (English Folk Verse, c 1870) When we lived in America, the ushering in of November brought … Continue reading

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Listen to Your October

There’s a stillness in the air, hanging lightly like a whisper, as it sits on the fence between late afternoon and early evening.  The last vestiges of a warm, October day give way to the cool of an autumn evening, … Continue reading

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