Yearly Archive: 2014

Back off and let me browse

Posted on December 30, 2014

“How are you getting on?” Note the open question requiring more than a yes or no reply. The problem is that I don’t feel like chatting.  It’s early morning and I’m the only customer in the shop. Three sales assistants have now asked me that same.. >>> more

The Romanian Ferrari Club

Posted on October 15, 2014

Two huge transport carriers pulled into the grounds of Chateau d’Artigny. Painted bright red, yellow and blue, at first glance, they looked like circus trucks. Closer inspection revealed distinctive prancing horse logos and the words Racing for.. >>> more

He learns Icelandic while I eat cakes

Posted on September 30, 2014

We were on the second week of our stay in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords. I wanted the mornings to myself to write, so when my husband spotted an advertisement for a beginners course in Icelandic, I encouraged him to sign up. It seemed like the ideal.. >>> more

Who's doing the washing up?

Posted on July 27, 2014

“Washing up would break my soul!” exclaimed the girl. She delivered the line with such heart rending emotion that I thought I’d wandered on to the stage of a nineteenth century melodrama. I was, in fact, in a cafe, enjoying a toasted teacake and a.. >>> more

Writing in splendid isolation

Posted on April 07, 2014

My study looks out on to a field. Last year the field was full of vivid yellow rape seed flowers. This year it’s full of diggers.  Like much of rural England, it’s having a Nick Boles 'houses are better than green fields' makeover. And as.. >>> more

Our Silver Wedding 'thing'

Posted on March 31, 2014

It’s our Silver Wedding Anniversary next month and we (actually, it’s more I than we) have planned the perfect celebration. Retracing the steps of our French honeymoon.  I’ve booked the same chateaux in the Loire valley. They look as elegant and.. >>> more

We married for a tax break

Posted on February 14, 2014

I knew straight away that he was The One. The problem was it took him longer to realise that I was the one for him too.  I was still a student when we met. He was six years older and separated but not quite divorced from his first wife. I remember.. >>> more

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