Teenage Dreams

The journalling reads: As a teenager I wanted to maximize my sleeping time, but also not be late for work and school so this 'alarm clock' was devised. Each night before I went to bed I'd set the clock to the time I needed to be up, and then I'd sleep like a baby (or … Continue reading Teenage Dreams

Silly Walks

All through my childhood my parents shared a lot of English comedy with my brother and me. I have very fond memories of us all laughing ourselves silly at Fawlty Towers (Mum's favourite anagram was Farty Towels!). When my brother was old enough he became a devoted fan of Monty Python and the Life of … Continue reading Silly Walks

Be home before the streetlights turn on…

After school I always wanted to hang out with my friends from the number 49 bus. My Mum's rule was that I had to be home before the street lights turned on. I got to have my cake and eat it too. In hindsight, this was a very smart rule because the street lights work … Continue reading Be home before the streetlights turn on…

Beatrix Potter: author, illustrator and conservationist

Like so many other children, the works of Beatrix Potter were a pervasive force in my early years. All the way from a Peter Rabbit bowl and spoon to the stories and beautifully illustrated books. Even in my early adult years when I worked in a bookshop I would sell Beatrix Potter books and know … Continue reading Beatrix Potter: author, illustrator and conservationist

Reading Cookbooks

Over the years my parents told the story of not having much money in the early years of their marriage. They both loved food, but their tight budget meant they couldn't eat out as much as they would have liked. So to work up an appetite they'd read cookbooks together - their version of having … Continue reading Reading Cookbooks