Tag Archives: travel

An Italian Journey: Writing And Healing

September arrived and with it, any thoughts of writing vanished.   My birthday; a long-awaited holiday.  Both beckoned.   But somewhere in the space between early spring and autumn’s first flush, everything blurred into one big smudge of I can’t face it. We … Continue reading

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Window On A Train

I gaze through the train window looking for my fox, but so far, it is nowhere to be seen. I put down my book, wanting only to soak up the beauty of the English countryside as it zooms past my … Continue reading

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A Trio of Cubs, A Telephone Box And The Love Of Reading

For bloggers with cameras, photo opportunities turn up in surprising places, with thoughts of friends never far away. On Sunday, I took a bracing walk around the grounds of the majestic country home of Forde Abbey in Dorset.  Dating back … Continue reading

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Sanctuary in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei

There is a tiny village in Normandy called Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei that is so charming, it is known officially as a ‘Most Beautiful Village of France’.  It was a privilige to spend my birthday afternoon there in September with my family ~ … Continue reading

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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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First Draft Fever: Of Memoir And A Supermoon

Two of my favourite songs growing up were ‘Jackson‘ and ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ‘.   As a child, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to get married in a fever (why would you want to get married … Continue reading

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In The Presence Of A Hedgehog

George Washington Carver was an African-American botanist born into slavery somewhere around 1864 (the exact date of his birth is unknown).   He went on to receive many honours for his work, which ultimately helped teach poor, farming families how to … Continue reading

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Bring It On! The Annual Bloggers Bash 2015

Well, I did it!  I made the Annual Bloggers Bash 2015 in London by the skin of my teeth. Hubby and I caught the train to Waterloo Station on Saturday morning, then the Underground to Euston Station; a short walk … 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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