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2021 Grateful 46: Potato water and a forgotten backpack

A few weeks ago, spilling a pot of sweet potato water over the kitchen counter resulted in a major meltdown. I lost my reason and

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2021 Grateful 47: Glass balls weather

We woke to a cold house. The electricity had gone out about 4 am. What heat we had built up had quickly dissipated and my

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An unbridled enthusiasm for life

Sometimes, when I see a baby or a toddler and they give me a certain look, I know that they’ve been here before. They’re old

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2020 Grateful 48: Presents I love

I love to give gifts but I’m not all that bothered about receiving them. I do my Christmas/birthday shopping throughout the year, picking up whatever

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A field of swans

For those of you who sailed through menopause without even noticing, I envy you. For those of you who have been through the horrors but

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2021 Grateful 49: My feathered friends

I have a Pavlovian thing going with my birds. Every time I go outside onto the terrace and down the steps, they watch me. Quietly.

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2021 Grateful 50: Restorative power of reedbeds

A couple of years ago, I considered myself a rational, intelligent woman. I had a handle on what was going on. I didn’t overact. I

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2021 Grateful 51: The gift that keeps on giving

I spent a sizeable chunk of last summer making chutney. I rarely, if ever, had all the ingredients the recipes called for so I improvised.

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The aftermath of Christmas

The dratted 2020 is behind us and with its departure, we see the end of the UK’s membership of the EU, the end of the

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2021 Grateful 52: The day is today

Occasionally, I see a meme on Facebook that resonates. I say that tentatively because I’m not quite sure what a meme is. Wikipedia tells me

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