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Part 3

Uncategorised Posted on 30 Sep, 2019 08:16AM

I often think the students we have staying with us get fed up of us droning on … things to do in London / where do you go on holiday? / spread the word in your country – we HATE Brexit / you told me you eat everything – how come you leave onions, chilli. jacket potato skins etc on the side of your plate ?… i could go on …
But the last 3 young Italian boys ,must have been listening , because on their last morning ,I came down to a note saying
‘We’ve had lots of fun together in these 2 weeks and to show you our gratitude, we’ve bought some presents.
Signed Andrea, Fillipo and Francesco
and on the hall table were 2 gifts ..
For me , wrapped in green Gaunt Book’s paper was a book ‘The Unfinished Palazzo’- Life, Love and Art in Venice
For John , An LP =Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’

We were very very touched

Part 2

Uncategorised Posted on 29 Sep, 2019 11:34AM

2 exhibitions
In Glasgow – ‘Part Seen, Part imagined’
About to start
In Middleburg-‘Every Loft Needs a Sink’

‘Every Loft Needs a Sink’

Just finished

Reasons to be cheerful -part one

Uncategorised Posted on 28 Sep, 2019 01:39PM

1.Thank -you to Declan ,Neal and Dottie for a wonderful time in France . They cooked for us , looked after us , shared their beautiful house ,garden and pool with us and hired a fast boat and took us to the most beautiful bays ever where clothes were optional ( except for me ) and the food and wine , sublime . We played Dobble ,Scrabble and swum in the sea very day .It was a real treat .
2. Colourscape on Clapham Common .
I took a group on my students there last week and it is one of the best sensory experiences we have ever had – the space, the shapes, the colour , the music and Michael .Michael is a musician who uses the singing-bowl like I’ve never seen it used before . For many of my students who have very little mobility , the tingling feeling of the bowl , gave them such joy . He demonstrated on my back and it was like a lovely tingling feeling running under my skin – very hard to describe , but very special .
3 . Rosies’ friends – they are lovely ,and nearly all turn 30 this academic year . I so wish she were too . ( silly to wish , but as already stated , anything ending with a 0 ,makes it harder ) .
The Hafeez Family , for bringing round sweets to celebrate their daughter’s wedding .
4.’Darkness-Those who Kill’ . Gripping – The Danes do drama so well.
5.Alice – I’m seeing her tomorrow and she always cheers me up

Leaving on a jet plane

Uncategorised Posted on 22 Sep, 2019 04:42AM

Up with the lark and heading south to the sea .
Ramatuelle here we come .

Don’t know why , she looks so happy

Uncategorised Posted on 21 Sep, 2019 07:34PM

Sometime’s I struggle to look at those photos .
Today is one of those times


Uncategorised Posted on 17 Sep, 2019 09:08AM

I feel I should write something about DC , the man , not the place .
His memoirs are out ,but I cannot bear to look at his face , but then he writes about the grief for his son ,Ivan and so I read selective bits and then I feel sad and sadder and anxious about brexiB and cross and all sorts of things that aren’t good and so I’ll write something positive fact a recommendation ….
Visit Eltham Palace if you can ….henry VIII grew up there , The Coutald family bought it in the 1830’s and completely renovated and extended it .Is an an Art deco marvel . The audio guide is free and good , the grounds beautiful and the Koi Carp hungry . For all you South London hipsters , it is a hop , skip and a jump away ( I felt it was near the place you made me squeeze through the railings ?!) .


Uncategorised Posted on 10 Sep, 2019 04:13PM

For the first time ,in the 30 years we’ve been having international students to stay , I was asked if this ( text ) question ‘ what time dinner at ? ‘is grammatically and semantically correct.
Truth is , I’ve no dam idea !

Whichever one it is , it’s hard to come back from it

Uncategorised Posted on 09 Sep, 2019 02:12PM

Sometimes I think it’s just me , super-sensitive, super-stupid ,super-heightened and then someone puts how I feel into words and it helps me justify my feelings .
Am I making sense , I doubt it ?
on Saturday , in true ritualistic form , after reading ‘Blind Date ‘ , I turned to The Family Section and ‘Ask Annalisa Barbieri’ . This week’s question was ‘ Should I tell my sister her father might not be her father ?’ This question has absolutely nothing to do with me ,but Annalisa’s answer helped me a lot .
If you’ve got the mag , read it , if not I’ll quote
” When we pass on news, any news- we are usually just a conduit, so “I heard so and so has just got married” is usually pretty harmless. But if the information has an extra dimension that has the potential to hurt or wound that person ( or in my case take me to a place or time which is unimaginably painful) , the person delivering it becomes extricably linked to the news they passed on, and therefore part of the problem . So “I hear so and so has just got married” delivered to someone who has been jilted ,has the ability to hurt the person hearing it. ”
Let me explain . There are certain words that I find too painful to say ,let alone type , but in order for this to make a sense , I will type one of them – sepsis .
In the past year ,2 men we know have had sepsis and both been admitted to ITU . Thankfully ,both survived .
So when their condition is casually mentioned in conversation , it discombobulates me and not only am I shocked and sad and thrown off kilter , I also think to myself , has the person who has uttered those words either
1.forgotten what has happened
2.or are they so devoid of empathy ,that they don’t think it will effect me
3.or maybe worst of all , they think I’ve got over it .

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