Monthly Archives: December 2010

A peaty smell

Part I of the two part move from Oxford to Cardiff. Part II tomorrow. For today it involves driving a hired Vauxhall Zafira loaded with luggage to drop off at an address in Canton. A half-hour turnaround and you’re back … Continue reading

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On the carpet

It’s the in-between week after Christmas and before New Year. Nominally these are normal non-bank-holiday weekdays. Supermarkets are open and buses are running. But there’s a nagging sense that there’s no-one really paying attention. Society in a state of suspended … Continue reading

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After the thaw

After the thaw everything outside is wet and dripping. The garden looks like the floor of a rain forest: a mulchy mass of waterlogged soil and leaves. C and family departed. In the evening Uncle J and Auntie K arrived, with gifts … Continue reading

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Jigsaw

Disconcertingly warm: temperature above zero throughout the day. The thaw is well under way. The fringe of one-to-two-foot-long icicles now gone from the guttering around the roof of the house. On the sidewalk the turbid hardened snow turns to slush under your … Continue reading

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Gerda and Kay

Out to Cardiff today to find accommodation for January. A comfortable glide by Intercity train through still-white countryside from Oxfordshire to South Wales. Some vistas dominated by fields of pure unbroken white: thick firm icing on a Christmas cake. The … Continue reading

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Railway children

Sunday: Boxing Day. Nana heads back to London. You venture outside once only, to check Bank Holiday times at the bus stop. The scenery unchanged: bright snow cover, weak sunlight. Both tots in high spirits. Irregular eating hours, nonstop bounty of … Continue reading

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Dec 25

Saturday: Dec 25. All duly replete by day’s end. A Kindle now in the family. A Disney Princess-themed scooter for N. A Thomas-the-tank-engine sit-and-ride for I. The photo calendar for Nana. Took a walk down the sunlit lane as far as … Continue reading

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