Tag Archives: California

Surprises, Diana’s Dresses And The Annual Blogger’s Bash 2018

The Summerhouse sat in snow last time I checked, but emerging from hibernation to a sun-basked spring, I discover a new garden and the chance, at last, to get my hands dirty. New growth pushes through bare soil and reminds … Continue reading

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Sixty Seconds’ Worth Of Distance Run

The sun disappeared taking last year with it, and I quietly prayed that this year would be better. Eyes straight, time to press on and write.  This is THE year, right? The Summerhouse is five years old this month.  Five … Continue reading

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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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