*104* postcards from Greece, Nestor’s Palace

Day 4 We were offered the use of a free rental car for the afternoon but none of my travelling companions wanted to leave the resort for an adventure so I went on my own… (I get totally restless after a few days of no activity… I’m not good at the ‘lizard in the sun’ […]

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*49* day out – Chastleton House

For the first time in ages, and I mean… months, yesterday we had a free Saturday; no sport commitment, no school events, no family duties. Nothing. And the sun was shining. I promised you it felt like we were on holiday! ‘The big boys’ were on a hockey tournament miles and miles away, Mr took […]

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*39* music Friday

International Women’s day. March 8th. Its story is fascinating, and I suggest you read it here. The UN began celebrating the International Day in 1975, which was designated International Women’s Year. Over the decades it has morphed from recognizing the achievements of women to becoming a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation, […]

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*12* local history

Florence Earangey (nee How), lived at No 3 Wellington Square from 1899 to 1911. She was very active in the women Suffrage movement together with her husband, William George Earangey a local solicitor. Florence was supportive of any movement who would push forward the issue of women’s vote but when in 1907 her sister, Edith […]

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– 2018/128 – postcards from Paris

This morning we left history and art and turned our attention to science instead, mainly to appease the ‘tween’ who has ‘no interest in paintings’.  At all. Science museum then. We decided to hop in a taxi to travel overground rather than underground in the metro… it was interesting to realise how big Paris actually […]

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– 2018/126 – postcards from Paris

Paris by train… isn’t it great to be able to do this? So quick too.  And one arrives right in the centre of the city… fabulous. This is the view from the flat we’re staying   in this week (on the left bank, near St Germain des Pres): … it’s a pretty bonkers place, the […]

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– 2018/94 – an afternoon with the Stones…

Believe it or not, Mr M had never seen Stonehenge before Sunday despite living all his life less than two hours away… that had to be remedied. The boys were busy (and had already been anyway) so we had an impromptu date and drove through the glorious sunny British countryside, yellow fields, not a cloud […]

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– 2018/51 – old finds

There is nothing that sends my heart racing like finding some really interesting/beautiful/old piece of fabric… I find them practically irresistible.  It would be easy to blame my hoarding tendency but the truth is that I love old things and I love fabric and when the two universes collide, well… it’s hard to turn and […]

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– 2018/46 – postcards from Tewkesbury

I’m still here.  A little snowbound, a little frozen, burst pipes and beef stews, living a slow life with a friend visiting from sunny California… (I think she’s the happiest person in England with all this snow and cold she normally never sees or experiences!). Yesterday though we wrapped up warm and drove the short […]

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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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