Paris

Paris.

I feel so ill qualified to speak.

I’m not there but I know people who are.  It could have been our sons, our daughters in that concert, that football stadium, those bars.  They were someone’s sons and daughters, someone’s, mums, dads, friends.  And so were the killers.

How much hate has there got to … Read more


You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone- or how we don’t see the last time coming

We were packing up to leave from our Easter holiday and I noticed the kids talking about ‘next time…’.  So sure were they that there would be a ‘next time’ in that place…but will there be?

As we pulled out of the harbour with the yellow fishing nets behind us we had know idea that … Read more


Bereavement and Sadness at Christmas

Christmas is always mixed for me.

  • How was it for you?
  • How did you feel?

I love seeing the kids open their presents (we got it right this year – phew) and I like having time to see friends.

I also feel sad at Christmas because it isn’t in a semi-detached house in Kent with … Read more


Another year over and a new year just begun

Years ago I went through a phase of reading all of Bruce Chatwin’s books…starting with The Song Lines. I loved not just the travel, but his reflections on his experience.  He used Moleskine notebooks on his travels and I aspired to have Moleskines as part of my life.  It wasn’t until some 10 years later … Read more


Another year older…

I turned 47 this year.   I can no longer kid myself that I’m only half way through my life…I’m on the home run now.

I’m minded of T S Eliot’s poem Little Gidding which is the last of the Four Quartets:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring

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Maya Angelou, Barbara and Emile

Maya Angelou died today and I feel sad.

Barbara Mainwaring died a week ago and I feel sad.

Emile Van Dantzig died a couple of weeks ago and I feel sad.

I’m guessing you will know Maya Angelou, but you might not know Emile or Barbara.  So let me tell you a bit about them.… Read more


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