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Tinsel, Turkeys and Traditions (or a Christmas Story)

It is December the 21st and I am in a room full of strangers (well, almost full and I am with my friend, E, who is awesomeness personified). In this room (almost) full of strangers are a series of trestle tables upon which are laid out a couple of hundred cadavers. No, I am not in some weird CSI nightmare, unless it is an avian massacre episode. Yes, my friends, I am in a room (almost) full of dead birds. In fact I am at a turkey auction. Happy Christmas everyone! Continue reading “Tinsel, Turkeys and Traditions (or a Christmas Story)”

Malteaser – the miracle cat

It’s Christmas and my daughter is heartbroken. She’s only 9 so it’s not a boy that’s causing the splintering of her generous, caring, beautiful heart. It’s the cat. He got run over. T is devastated.

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Down Among the Women and Gender Equality

Sometimes you read a book and it plays on your mind, making you question accepted beliefs and existing norms, even questioning where you stand in the grand scheme of life. I have just finished reading Down Among the Women by Fay Weldon, and this has prompted some degree of careful introspection on the state of our society. Continue reading “Down Among the Women and Gender Equality”

Strolling among the leaves this evening this gorgeous bundle of prickles.  I think we disturbed her tasty slug supper. Autumn is gathering pace.

Drizzle – everyone hates it unless it’s flavoured with oranges or lemons.   Continue reading “Drizzle”

Eton Mess Cake

Birthdays are funny things aren’t they?  When you are young they are longed for beacons of pure joy, the one day of the year when you get all the attention and your siblings have to stand in line. The one day when, if you are really lucky, you get the Girls World Head or Arctic Action Man that you knew would instantly make your life complete. Continue reading “Eton Mess Cake”

Arty Crafty

I am continually amazed by the number of brilliant creatives who live in our neighbourhood.  Artists, sculpture-ers, singers, seamstresses, writers, you name it we appear to have them.  The best part of this is that they all appear to be willing to share their knowledge, especially with the younger members of our community.   Continue reading “Arty Crafty”

On tour with Chew Valley Football Club and not only did the U8s win their tournament (yay for J and his buddies) but we even got the awesome Red Arrows Display Team adding to celebrations with a fly-by! 

Tiny Tickers

 

21 days. That’s all it takes. In fact some research indicates that it could be as early as 16 days. but, for arguments sake let’s go with 21 days. At 21 days a human embryo’s heart contracts for the first time. The embryo becomes a foetus.

At just 21 days! Continue reading “Tiny Tickers”

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