Category Archives: Family & Such Creatures

The Holly And The Ivy

I adored my grandfather – my Mum’s dad – in that way that only grandchildren can love their grandparents. An exuberance of love. He shaved with a real razor and used a shaving brush, which he’d tap us on the … Continue reading

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Granny Blankets

I’ve spent a lot of time in bed over the last three weeks. I was downed by a Dreaded Lurgy that left me snot-filled and coughing, coughing, coughing. I’ll spare you the sputum tales and get to my point. On … Continue reading

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Good Neighbours

“I have such good memories of living next door to you,” Emily said to my parents. She was seven when they moved in. She’s 22 now. The youngest of three. I’ve lived in my house, one block to the left … Continue reading

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Reality Bites

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Little Cat

  At 1:55 (give or take) am this morning Little Cat came in through the bathroom window from his nightly gallivanting. Little Cat was little when he came through my window two years’ ago, around about now, and declared himself … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve and My Mother’s Sewing

I have spoken before of our beloved seaside shack, where we spent carefree, salt-skinned, sun-kissed holidays each year in December throughout my childhood. It’s the place in the world that, when I think of it, I can smell the sea … Continue reading

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Kida

Ten years’ ago, when I was almost thirty, a beautiful soul arrived to keep me, and the rest of the creatures at The House in the Middle of the Street, company. Little did we know then what a joy she … Continue reading

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