Tag Archives: California

Christmas Present

It doesn’t seem possible that Christmas is just over a week away, a New Year chasing its heels. So much has changed, not least of all the weather. The last couple of weeks in southern England have been unseasonably mild, … Continue reading

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My Sandwich Generation And The Song Of The Summerhouse

What has happened to my ‘Great’ Britain, my ‘United’ Kingdom? Last Thursday, over thirty million people voted in the EU referendum,  out of which 52% voted to leave, 48% to stay. In Brexit’s thunderous wake, I, like millions of others, … Continue reading

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Write Dance Believe

Before I dared to call myself a writer, before I could ever imagine seeing even a single word of mine in print, before I knew what a blog was, I read this: ‘When your life’s seasons, assignments or relationships change, … Continue reading

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The Power Of Surprise

In early summer of 2001, Eldest Son gave me a fabric CD holder inscribed with the name of his high school and date of his graduation.  Ideal for holding CDs for my car, when I opened it, I noticed there … Continue reading

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Happy Place, Stolen Days And A 99 Word Flash Fiction

Last week, Hubby surprised us with the news that he had heard about a pumpkin farm mere miles from where we live. “What? Really?” Aspie D and I asked incredulously. “Yes, really!” So guess what we did at the weekend? … Continue reading

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Spooktacular Snacks For A Healthy Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, I like to prepare early for all those trick-or-treaters by stocking up on plenty of sweets ready to hand out on the day.   The problem is, will there be any left by the time Halloween … Continue reading

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Homecoming Queen: 99 Word Flash Fiction

When I first joined Facebook, I left the question about ‘hometown’ blank. To me, your hometown is the place where you are born and grow up and return to decades later for heartwarming family reunions (I love the thought of … Continue reading

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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge Day Three: School Symbol

When I left California in 2003, I couldn’t have known that it would be a decade before I would return. It was bittersweet to say the least, walking down memory lane two years ago with my dear friend, revisiting places … Continue reading

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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge Day Two: Quail Eggs

During my children’s school years, I subscribed them to a variety of magazines and book clubs. My daughter’s favourite was The Magic School Bus club. Such excitment when every few weeks her package arrived containing all sorts of goodies: a … Continue reading

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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge Day One: Hot Stuff

Delighted to accept the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge when invited first by Irene and then by Norah, I’m looking forward to at long last joining in. The challenge as follows: ‘Post a photo each day for five consecutive days … Continue reading

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