Monthly Archives: April 2011

Dried peas

Saturday: finished off meshing the windows, fixed-up two wobbly cabinets. S took the kids to a movie with their friends. Nana arrived from London for the weekend. Soaked and simmered dried peas for dinner, a daylong operation. At the end … Continue reading

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Street party

More home improvement in the morning — mesh over window glass¬†against which N and I are wont to clamber. Turned on BBC TV web transmission of the royal wedding, “for the kids.” Immaculately staged. Tradition and solemnity. Nuptials as moving … Continue reading

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European eagle owl

Mount curtain rails in the morning. Collect a rental car and ferry the clan in lovely sunshine to a multihued forest valley, scene of St Fagans Welsh history park. Spacious hectares dotted with reassembled farmhouses and cottages, sundry stores and … Continue reading

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Cute gravestones

Hovering around the fortress all day. Sprinted across the city by bike to¬†collect a package at the main post office depot. 6pm, sunny streets, sparse traffic. N picks a Chinese edition of the three little pigs off the bookshelf for … Continue reading

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Archipelago

Zoned out for the rides to and from the office. For the seven and a half hours in between too. Empty desks and three-quarters empty car park outside. After the grace and humanity of M Robinson’s Home you’re now looking … Continue reading

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Windfall

Another bank holiday courtesy of the Easter windfall. The streets and playing fields pleasingly unpopulated. Everywhere bathed in sunshine. In the morning ferried N to the home of her pal L by bike using the new child seat. Borrowed power … Continue reading

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Easter

Sunday: Nainai sick with food poisoning or other bug and spends the whole day in bed. With Yeye to the Sunday morning cafe. Pump the children full with Easter-egg chocolate. Saw wood for shelves in the pm. Baking hot in … Continue reading

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