– 2018/10 – a trip to IKEA

Last week I popped into IKEA with my parents; they were looking for a bookshelf and a guest bed, and I was under instructions from No 2 to purchase a new desk. We were very successful in our endeavour although the desk wasn’t ‘like the picture’ (eye roll) and somehow that is my fault (double…

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– 2018/9 – 48 years of books (2017)

The first book in this year’s challenge is an Italian one.  It was a present from my oldest friend when she came to visit last year and what a lovely surprise it turned out to be. ‘Magari domani resto’, loosely translated as ‘maybe tomorrow I’ll stay’, follows a period in the life of Luce (Light)…

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– 2018/7 – look around

You may or may not have picked up on the fact that my parents have left Italy and moved to England a couple of months ago.  Very brave move at their age, but also one that has had unexpected consequences for me on two fronts.  First, and I’ve mentioned this already, I feel like I…

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– 2018/6 – a treat

I have a love hate relationship with the sheer amount of ‘sales’ happening this time of the year. ‘Love’ because let’s face it… who doesn’t enjoy saving a few pennies, but also ‘hate’ – actually ‘resentment’ would be a more accurate description – because there’s a sort of subliminal pressure in having to buy ‘in…

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– 2018/4 – urge to purge

I don’t know about you but this time of year I feel the total urge of purging my cupboards, to sort out the unwanted things, the old clothes, the out of date food and spices… to get rid of the superfluous and the useless, the unused and the extra.  January is for cleansing.   I…

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– 2018/2 – postcard from Maldives

Really good 2nd day of the year… We chartered the hotel boat ‘Horizon’ for a day around the Atoll and the weather was good today too. (Can’t say it was brilliant all the time…) (And you can tell from the boys’ body language how happy they are to pose for a photo… ‘eye roll’… do…

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