12th April, 2024

You're lucky ...  Perhaps not.  How about there may be some who may appreciate my writing this given that I was contemplating a mental health day?  That dreadful cold/influenza Becca left me with has made a resurgence and the effort involved in trying to engage one's...

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6th April, 2024

My toast popped right out of the toaster this morning and straight onto the floor.  Somehow, I knew that was going to happen.  I picked it up, anyway, checked for blueberries - a long-time addiction and prone to wander - and continued to spread with my favourite...

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30th March, 2024

Give me strength!  I should have stayed in bed today, honestly.  Ever had one of those days when nothing works; nothing goes right.  In fact, worse, the forces are just out to get you?!  Where to start? Regular readers will be aware of the demise of my dishwasher - at...

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22nd March, 2024

Is it just me or has this been the longest winter ever?  Admittedly, the sun is shining today but that's just a tease.  Put a foot outside the door and chances are you'll be doing a Mary Poppins before you can say winky!  Before you can say winky.  My mother used to...

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15th March, 2024

Beside me, I have noted down a 'new' word: shibboleth.  Defined as a word, phrase, custom etc relating to a particular group of people - and, yes, I'm ashamed to say I googled it!  Too easy but at least I did google it.  I suspect most people, these days, wouldn't...

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10th March, 2024

'Next week (I) shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.' Jane Austen, Personal Correspondence. One cannot help but love her - and adopt her writing style!  Her humour is woven throughout her words.  Often biting -...

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1st March, 2024

March 2024.  Hard to believe.  The years just whizz by as we promise, without fail, that this one is going to be better!  Hope.  Where would we be without it?  I could feel the cold, this morning, as the early burst of heating dissipated rapidly.  Too cold for the...

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23rd February, 2024

Before I start, let me say that I have a couple of positive things to say - near the end!  Merely addressing the fact that some may say these posts are all doom and gloom.  Ridiculous, I know.  On saying that, I can only work with what I am given, daily, on a plate,...

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16th February, 2014

'When he shall die Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine.' 'Romeo & Juliet' (Act III, Scene II) To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned artist and...

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9th February, 2024

Just keep adding the layers ...  I do wonder what it is that is stopping me from turning on my electric blanket and climbing straight back under the covers?  Am I nuts?  There's nobody here.  I feel exhausted and the driving wind and rain battering the windows is...

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2nd February, 2024

I planned to limit myself to an hour to write this - and I have managed to do so in the past - but not really feeling it today.  It's 17:24 now.  Who's to know whether I stop at 18:24?  The answer is, of course, nobody but me.  However, the 'but me' is what matters. ...

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28th January, 2024

No excuses.  Just busy.  Now, I'm writing on my day of rest, for goodness sake!  By the way, did it even get light today?  Overcast and miserable, I am being taunted by messages from Becca, sitting in 'our' piazza café in Monti, ordering Prosecco!  Remind me, again,...

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Robin Williams