Monthly Archives: August 2012

Garlic

This evening was golden as the sun set. The hills were purple and bronze with heather. Coming back later on from a friend’s house, through dark windy lanes, rabbits and mice scattered to the verges in the beam of my … Continue reading

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Lost tales

The journey back to Scotland from Devon is a long one so we’ve broken it with Big Dreamer’s parents in Yorkshire. Rain is pattering on the chimney cowl, echoing down the flue to where I’m sitting. As we were driving … Continue reading

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Play barn paradise

In my opinion you have to be completely mad or very desperate to visit a play barn on a wet day. A play barn is my universal term for children’s soft play centres, which range from a few bits of … Continue reading

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The call of home

Since I spotted the bats I’ve made it a habit to head out into the garden at dusk to see if I can catch a glimpse. Even if I don’t see them it’s lovely to sit out amongst the cooling … Continue reading

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The big day

For me, the theme of my sister’s wedding this week was journeys. They are not 21-year olds, fresh-faced and wide-eyed. At this stage in life things have happened to them and it hasn’t always been straightforward. While things may not … Continue reading

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The House That Moved

This is a very special house. It is a 16th century merchant’s house in Exeter. In the 1960s it was in a state of dereliction after the bombing of the city during WW2 and was due to be demolished to … Continue reading

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Bats in the evening

Yesterday evening we formed a conveyor belt in the lounge to put together the Order of Services for the wedding. One person folded, another inserted, another punched holes, and another tied the ribbon. It was fun to chat and laugh … Continue reading

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Budleigh Salterton

The beach at Budleigh Salterton is at its most beautiful on a really wild winter’s day but as you can see it was pretty great today too. The water was so clear and still. My sister is in absolute fits … Continue reading

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Totnes

Mum and I have been visiting Totnes together for as long as I can remember. It’s a girly outing we have always reserved just for ourselves but today we allowed my sister and Little Owl to come along too. Totnes … Continue reading

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A day on the beach

Little Owl and I spent the day on the beach at Exmouth today. We built sandcastles, splashed in the sea, collected shells, and all the other things you should do on a beach. It was marvellous fun. As we packed … Continue reading

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