Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Scene Mounting Baby

And so our annual holiday to France begins. This year, for reasons to do with coincidence and meeting up, we are going to Burgundy. We were driven to the ferry by Carole’s husband who told us his version of their … Continue reading

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The end of the path

I didn’t go to work today. I had too much to do before we leave for France. I also kept the dogs at home to keep me company. My first big job was to erect the final arch. After discussion, … Continue reading

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Flanagan & Allen

About six weeks ago, we ordered three garden arches. The Wessex Forge, from whence they were purchased, promised perfectly rusted iron arches with curly bits. I figured we’d just order them, pay then they’d turn up in a few days. … Continue reading

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Who’s for tea?

Had a lovely Skype with mum this morning to make up for yesterday. At one point, I suggested she write her memoirs and while she laughed, claiming no-one would understand her command of written English, I mentioned that it would … Continue reading

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Waiting and weeding

Emma does this thing where she runs up to other dogs and invites them to play. She runs up to them (but not too close), goes down on her front legs, wagging her tail like an aircraft prop and barks. … Continue reading

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Gothic strawberry

Mirinda’s Reading Group recently read The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister) and it was suggested that the group, along with other halves, visit his house at Strawberry Hill. Today was the day … Continue reading

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Unsuitable King John

At first I thought King John was going to be about our very own Old Vole. I was soon put right. Now I’m not convinced that King John was a suitable king to write a play about. He was no … Continue reading

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Open Garden Village

Every year, Chawton village opens up a lot of its gardens to the public. We go when we can. Given it’s where Mirinda goes for her book group once a month, she feels like a bit of a local. This … Continue reading

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Screw -v- Paddle

It didn’t take long for the trading classes to realise that the screw propeller was streets ahead of the paddle wheel when it came to the open seas. After Francis Pettit Smith created his Archimede’s Screw, and subsequent improvements, shipbuilders … Continue reading

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Reading and talking

I had a Talking Newspaper today. Being the middle-of-the-day Haslemere edition, meant an early walk for the dogs where we unexpectedly met Alec. He’s Sue’s son, who minds the girls on Friday. He was walking Pippa and, of course, Emma … Continue reading

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