Category Archives: family

In search of lost time

When we moved into our current house, we moved a number of boxes in the attic. Some were genuinely for long-term storage—brass nonsenses originally collected by my parents do I suppose count as heirlooms—but others were a manifestation of that … Continue reading

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Like Ma Bell, I got an ill deceleration

I’m sat here planning a journey again: tomorrow, heading up north, 150 miles there, 150 back. I’m sat here feeling ill again: a cold, traceable to a client meeting I didn’t want or need to go to. Sometimes it feels … Continue reading

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A soft white damn

There’s only been a smattering of snow sticking here today, which means we’re not snowed in, but we’re at least able to enjoy the prettiness of it. My family in Lancashire have been intermittently unable to leave their houses in … Continue reading

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Christmas days

The tendency for Christmas over the years has been for it to spread out, much like my waistline. When I was younger—even ten years or so ago—I saw Christmas as a landmark day. There were celebrations either side, of course: … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season to be awkward

There are sociable and unsociable streaks running through my personality like veins through marble. On one level, though, I appreciate the necessity of socializing that comes with the festive period. I’ve lost track of too many friends in my life … Continue reading

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Autumn means all change

The seasons turn. I’ve dressed and re-seeded the lawn. I need to finish my autumn veg plantings. The pelargoniums continue to fire off fireworks, likely defying all weathers with their boisterous explosions until the first frost. The Greek basil flowered … Continue reading

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Youth is wasted in the lung

Right now, in fact, my sister-in-law is something more of a worry to me than my grandad. When a 31-year-old marathon runner contracts pneumonia, people understandably ask what the hell is going on, and as you’d expect never really work … Continue reading

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