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FLOWERS

08/15/10

There’s been something amiss in my house this week. It took me a while to work out what was lacking. All children present and correct. Ironing board in situ. Laptop…

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DRAFT TWO BEGINS

08/11/10

It’s been a month since I last mentioned my little book, the pinnacle of my childhood dreams and focus of my leisure time. I have decided to make it my…

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PUTTING AWAY

08/09/10

Packing. Chasing round the house collecting all essential items that each member of the family might conceivably need during two weeks in a foreign country. Of course, there are shops…

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THE VICE OF VANITY

08/03/10

Some time in May I developed a sore patch of skin on my chin. Hormones, I assumed and waited for it to go away. Then we had a break at…

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NO MORE PETS

08/02/10

The children want a cat. Notwithstanding the apparent reticence that my husband and I were displaying at this suggestion, they spent the whole of lunchtime discussing and ultimately arguing about…

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DREAMING

07/31/10

I have started to dream again – vivid, memorable dreams that confuse and delight me in equal measure. Last night there was a bird in my garden. Not my garden…

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TO TAN OR NOT TO TAN?

07/30/10

What is it about sunbathing? Like picking a spot or eating a whole packet of biscuits in one sitting, I know I shouldn’t but I really can’t help it. Some…

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LEARNING A LANGUAGE

07/28/10

Why are the English generally so poor at languages? Substandard teaching? Lack of necessity as there will always be someone there who can speak English? Arrogance?I’m not sure it is…

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FOOD IN FRANCE

07/26/10

So here I am in France. Last summer in Italy I did not have the wherewithal but this year I can blog from my terrace here in sunny Lanquedoc. So…

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A LIFE IN THE DAY OF……

07/20/10

The alarm goes off just before 6.30. I used to have a clock radio that brought me round gently to the dulcet tones of John Humphries but at the moment…