Tag Archives: England

In Which The Story Changes

I found the words one day as I walked. These words:  ‘Stranger In A White Dress.’  The title of my memoir. But as I climbed high above the sea,  I found something more: I found strength. And I realised that … 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 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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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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Virginia Woolf’s Round House and Lewes Priory

Some of you may remember my enthusiasm for the delightful English town of Lewes in Sussex as shared in my posts Historical Lewes and A Walk In Lewes.  For those of you who love all things Tudor, you can view … Continue reading

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What Lies In The Shadows

Has the world gone completely mad?  Bombarded with what seems like a constant drip-feed of violence, terror, and fear in the news, I was surprised to come across an article about two sets of neighbours, both in their eighties, warring … Continue reading

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A Walk With Swans

Somewhere along the Jurassic Coastline of Dorset lies a shallow, salty body of water called Fleet Lagoon. Sheltered by Lyme Bay at Chesil Beach, it provides an ideal nesting ground for the world’s only managed colony of Mute Swans. In … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Patch Americana and a Happy Halloween

The first time I set eyes on a pumpkin patch in California, I was utterly mesmerised.  This was my idea of true ‘Americana’. For me, growing up in England, pumpkins belonged to fairy tales and I had certainly never carved … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: No Way Out Part Four: The Grave

It’s Tuesday, flash fiction time over at Carrot Ranch, which means more of Bill here at the Summerhouse.   But before I go, can I just say a huge thank you to those of you who have shown such an … Continue reading

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Jurassic Park, Graduation And Goodbye To A British Icon

Kindness.  Thoughtfulness. Compassion.  Words we all know and understand and hopefully act upon as often as possible.  Yet while bombarded daily it seems with news reports of terrifying and sickening acts of violence, depravity, murder, and unimaginable human suffering from … Continue reading

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