The First Day

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I feel clear for the first time in years.  It’s been 15-20 years of going to my numerous Doctors over that time and being sent from hospital to hospital, specialist to specialist and subjected to an endless and repetitive stream of blood tests, physical examinations,…

Bah Humbug!

In the depth of a dark evening in my beautiful village, about ten days before Christmas, we pulled up to meet some of our family for a festive meal at our wonderful village café; open on two evenings per week for dinners.  I’m not talking ‘greasy spoon’ café, by the way.  G&T’s Café & Kitchen is…

Colouring Winter

I was in the garden today and took a photo of the beautiful Chrysanthemums that are in flower.  I don’t know the name of the variety but they really are so lovely, at this time of year, that I thought you might like to see them: The larger plant is sharing a pot with the remains of the…

Just a Lazy Hazy Day

I am sat upstairs, at my desk, enjoying a glass of red wine and feeling pleased with myself; but for no reason worthy of such a feeling!  The slight force of a chill, autumnal wind is gently buffering our little cottage, here on the Suffolk coast, and it has started to rain heavily.  My Partner is…

She Peers, Wisely, Over Her Spectacles

On this chilly Autumn evening, the fire in our sitting room offered the comforting glow of the deepest orange.  The warm blanket of heat, in our sitting room,  hugged my Partner and I as we watched some of our favourite tv shows.  All the while, our dogs; Oscar and Digby, lay on their beds in front of the fire.  Digby; on…

Idols of the Manor

I fully expected that I would have to take off my boots.  As we did so, taking the lead from our friends, my Partner and I managed to cram our boots into the small racks that had been set up outside the entrance to the Manor.  I felt sure that I would not find my…

Australia for Exposure Therapy

My Cousins; Jackie and Julie, who are Aussies, told me that everything is really upside-down in Australia.  This was where they came from, so who was I to argue?  This was back in the late 1970’s when they were, themselves, still kids and I was just six years old.  This is a photo of us, back…