Tag Archives: Childhood memories

Brown Paper Sealing Wax And Vintage All The Way

Every Christmas, my present from Granny arrived by post in plenty of time for the big day,  its yearly arrival creating one of my fondest childhood memories. But it wasn’t so much what was inside the parcel that made me … Continue reading

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Laundry: Women’s Work?

Robots are taking over the world.  Well, maybe not completely, but they are doing a good job of it, according to a newspaper article I read recently. There are robots in bars in Japan serving cocktails (I wonder if they … Continue reading

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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge Day Five: The Parsley Incident

While I didn’t have the language barrier to contend with when I moved to America in the 1980s, I had plenty of new words and expressions to learn. For instance, I once spent too much time walking around a supermarket … Continue reading

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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge Day Four: German Shepherds And Guy The Gorilla

One day when I was little, I remember walking with my mother across the road to the mushroom farm to buy goat’s milk for our Siamese cats. This was nothing new,  but on this particular day two huge dogs appeared … 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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Not Goodbye But Au Revoir

Today, I wish the view from the Summerhouse looked like this: My plan was to post my ‘Bench At The Beach’ (May’s theme) photo on Friday for Jude’s Bench Series that she runs every month. Too late for the cut-off, … Continue reading

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Walls, True Confessions and Last of the B/W Challenge

The first house I lived in had a beautiful, brick wall running along one side of the back garden, and I have wanted a garden wall of my own ever since. The story of Peter Rabbit’s narrow escape from Mr … Continue reading

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Compassion: 99 Word Flash Fiction

Gather your eggs and flour, load up on lemons and sprinkle the sugar, for today is Pancake Day! I missed celebrating Pancake Day when living in California. Even though I made my English pancakes (thinner and larger than American pancakes, … Continue reading

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A Blue Coat For Christmas: Gone, But Not Forgotten

One Christmas morning while staying with my dad and his new wife, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I tore open the wrapping paper. There it was, my heart’s desire, the most wonderful gift I could ever have hoped for … Continue reading

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