A Fond Farewell

My grandparents are selling their house and it feels like the end of an era. Theirs is a home in a circle of heritage houses, all double storeys with lattice work on their balconies overlooking the square’s grassy park, once glorious, with a fountain that has long since been left in disrepair and an overgrown […]

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Jelly

Jelly has always meant love to me. Whenever someone close to me has been sick, I respond almost instinctively with a bowl of jelly. Raspberry jelly is my favourite. So it is invariably raspberry. My friend’s little boy is sick and so today I will make him some raspberry jelly to soothe the throat and […]

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Toys

Reading The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman, I laugh to myself, remembering the kind of youth I was. My mom swears blind I swapped her broken gold watch. Incorrigible and a magpie as a youngster, I swapped anything I could for something sparkly. Much to my fashionable mother’s dismay, […]

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Spinster

  ‘Spinster’, according to wikipedia: is a term referring to an unmarried woman who is older than what is perceived as the prime age range during which women usually marry. It can also indicate that a woman is considered unlikely to ever marry. The term originally denoted a woman whose occupation was to spin. Recently, […]

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For the Love of Language and Angela Carter, or Why I Suck at Scrabble

My finest scrabble moment was forming the word, bairn, on the board. It was a word I had first learnt upon watching Lady and the Tramp as a child. While few points were scored, I delighted so in the word itself, once again proving that I am no fierce competitor and simply an innocent though […]

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