all systems go!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The very enjoyable short sabbatical is over and I am not only resolutely back, but definitely in at the deep end given the weather (with apologies to this weeks’ visitors – the temperature is something I can do little about in Scarborough since it’s about the only place I can regularly be found which lacks […]

paradise found…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A slight exaggeration maybe, but after a relaxing week at home with TV, comfort food, fishes and the all-encompassing pleasantness that comes from attempting nothing more challenging than laundry for a few days (only fair after muchas liveliness on the islands) it’s fair to say that a heavy sigh of resignation was emitted when the […]

an update, and – a result!!!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Well I had hoped that this week last year was a particularly galling one-off – would that it were so! This last week, and specifically the last 48 hours have made the events surrounding my earlier post pale into insignificance. I have never, ever (in the short time I’ve had it) been so grateful for […]

here comes the rain again…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Apologies for the slight lapse, but it’s been something of a frenetic week! In addition to a steady stream of eager gentleman callers from all corners of the globe, I have taken the bull by the horns and not only attended a long overdue eye test for some new spectacles (those who have witnessed me […]

a is for…

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Tonight’s post is brought to you from my overly warm but otherwise surprisingly charming Newcastle digs, boasting as they do excellent linen, a large, comfortable bathroom from which I entertained the idea of beginning this posting had the marble surrounding the bath been a touch wider, and a refrigerator replete with FREE bottled water, orange […]

full steam ahead!

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

And spring has most definitely sprung at last – yay! The sun is still shining outside my windows at seven pm, Scarborough’s lovely daffodils and primroses are all in full bloom amongst the woodlandy-bits and I, ever the optimist, have left home without a coat on two separate occasions this last week for the first […]

can’t say they didn’t warn me…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Well time to pack up and I am happy to report that my Glasgow trip has been lots of fun, at least in the impromptu mini-break sense of the word! Having followed a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art with a pot of Darjeeling at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms before spending […]

notes from a (very) small island…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’m back! That is, back having this afternoon safely returned from my (all too brief) jolly to lovely St Helier, and after a faintly shaky start aided by a 5am alarm, the usual AW timewasters, torrential rain and one lone visitor who inexplicably arrived smelling like a farm animal (but unfortunately lacking any of the […]

Fahrenheit EH1…

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Well all good things have to come to an end, and I post once again from my corner of the 1900h East Coast service from the merciless, blistering heat and scorching sun of… Edinburgh. Now there’s a sentence you don’t write every day. My travels this week began on Wednesday with the early train from […]

for richer, for poorer…

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Like the majority of working adults, I have of late been endeavouring to streamline and simplify my finances, an activity not as easy as it sounds when a dedicated online and phone banker – all is swiftly and smoothly executed until one decides to attempt any manoevere more complex than an ordinary bill payment or […]

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