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Jay Williams
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Accentuate the positive
I n July last year I started a  list  of happy and interesting things I'd like to do before January 1st 2020 - i.e. before the end of the year that Mark and I turn 50.   I have been thinking about other things I want to add to my list. This is about inspiri...

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Eating Ramen here in my Pyjamas
Given how often we sang The Virtual Life here last year, you'd think I'd have made ramen before now. I mean, I LOVE ramen. Zach loves ramen. Mark would probably love it and even Miss B will noodles in soy sauce and miso. The Big Lad is never going to like t...

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Having a quail of a time
For my birthday this year Mark bought me six Cortunix Quail hens - 3 dark Japanese, 3 lighter and larger Italian. We spent much of the two week easter holiday building them a home. Being a keen fan of Thinking Things Through, I read everything I could find ...

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Meanwhile, back on the ranch...
Hello again! 4 months since my most recent post, so I suspect I'm chatting to myself now. I either had no words, had too many, or just couldn't quite decide how to be sufficiently articulate to put my thoughts down in a coherent - and not too tedious - way....

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It's Christmas All Over Again
Lots of people require Slade.  There are those who tell me it must be Mariah Carey. I'm sure there are a classy few who insist on the Unthanks with In The Bleak Midwinter, and I would happily agree but for me* Christmas starts with John Denver singing Silve...

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Gingerbread recipes
Talking to my Very Excellent Mate Kirsty today, I waxed lyrical about gingerbread houses.  I love making them. In fact,  I have to fight my control-freak urge to let the kids decorate them with sweets. I like piping tiny icicles on eaves, I like making daft...

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Thou Shalt Have a Fishy
Gone fishin' It's a cliche for doing nothing, sloping off, taking it easy.  And it's been an aspiration of mine for a-g-e-s Number 1 on my list of Things To Do Before I'm 50, fishing for my dinner, was a highlight of my summer. Thanks to miscalculating how ...

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Hail, Caesar!
That Hadrian was a top bloke. Not satisfied with building ace stuff in Rome like the Pantheon - a building so perfect it made me come over all emotional -  he schleps himself to the furthest northern reach of empire and builds ace stuff here too. The jury's...

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Looking forward
It's been a pretty rough couple of weeks. Most significantly, my beloved new Vespa , my pride and joy, my ticket to freedom and self-reliance, was stolen from outside the food bank where I was volunteering. I'm heartbroken. Through assorted coincidences, mi...
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