Category Archives: Unreliable memories

A whiff of autumn

Autumn has come early. There were three bonfires visible yesterday evening, smoke drifted across a field at the front of the house, this morning the rain is heavy and persistent. Perhaps the summer will manage one last gasp before September … Continue reading

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Healthy eating

Spreading the fresh bread with butter and spooning on locally made jam, there was a memory of Tony. It was breaktime and we stood in the classroom talking about anything and nothing. There was hardly a subject that had not … Continue reading

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Comic life

“Alec, would you see to that?” ”I’ll do it directly.” My grandfather’s answer to my grandmother was familiar. Organised, focused, tidy, my grandmother liked things done in a systematic manner, she liked tasks completed, she liked planning and order. A … Continue reading

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Scotched

The lawn is separated from the adjoining path by a line of half-buried red house bricks. Perhaps left over from somewhere, perhaps recovered from somewhere, they are showing signs of years of wear. Winter frosts cause spawling;that process where water … Continue reading

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Mid-Somerset midsummer

The weather forecast is for blue sky and sunshine and temperatures approaching thirty degrees next week, nevertheless, it has happened again this year. Despite the earnest wishes expressed every year for fifty years, every year it happens  – the days … Continue reading

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