Already missing Great British Bake Off

How bittersweet it was to watch last night’s Great British Bake Off final.  Sweet to watch the bakers concoct their sugary cakes, bitter to know it was the last one in the series. Who among us hasn’t longed, on these glum autumnal evenings of soaring infections and grim fatality reports, to be transported to theContinue reading “Already missing Great British Bake Off”

A day out at Henry Moore’s sculpture park

On somewhat of a whim because there was little else to do we went to the Henry Moore studios and gardens in Hertfordshire yesterday. I’m glad we did. I’ve known a little of Moore’s work from a module on sculpture I studied as part of an uncompleted Art History course I did many moons ago.Continue reading “A day out at Henry Moore’s sculpture park”

The Show Must Go On in 2021

Am I the only one to find Amazon’s Christmas advert ‘The Show Must Go On’ so very moving? It tells the inspiring story of a determined young ballerina bringing the community together amidst the challenges of this year set to an arrangement of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’. The campaign features 17-year-old French balletContinue reading “The Show Must Go On in 2021”

A sad, grey November day

If it weren’t for the latest Covid lockdown we’d be at Sandals in St Lucia right now. Golden sandy beaches, warm azure blue seas, tasty fresh cuisine, unlimited cocktails and the baking sun of the Caribbean. It’s a winter getaway we’ve been doing for a few years at this time of year. Experiencing the alternativeContinue reading “A sad, grey November day”

Lest we forget

On Remembrance Sunday the two greatest war poems. A vivid reminder that life could be so much worse – makes me ashamed of all that I complain – and of the debt we owe. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,Till onContinue reading “Lest we forget”

Our Hallowe’en pre-lockdown night out in Oxford

What a bizarre evening it was.  As the country waited for Boris’ Lockdown 2.0 announcement, life carried on as normal in UK vaccine capital Oxford. After a stormy, grey morning, the sun made a surprise appearance so we decided to walk into town early for a night out that would start mid-afternoon. It’s a fascinatingContinue reading “Our Hallowe’en pre-lockdown night out in Oxford”

Perspectives – it’s all about your attitude.

As part of my Perspectives series on how others are facing the 60 milestone, here’s a blog from grief counsellor, writer and speaker Mary Potter Kenyon.  She lost her husband when he was 60 years-old – she was 52 – which adds extra poignancy.  Now, as her own 60th birthday looms closer, she shares why enteringContinue reading “Perspectives – it’s all about your attitude.”

My day at Maggi Hambling’s Marlborough exhibition

Had  a spontaneous day out in London yesterday. Quite by chance I caught the tail end of a BBC Two documentary ‘Making Love with Paint’ about the artist Maggi Hambling. Within moments I found myself utterly captivated by the woman, who turned 75 on Friday, and her work. There and then I booked a slotContinue reading “My day at Maggi Hambling’s Marlborough exhibition”

So many inspiring 60 year-old male role models

I spent the evening watching another sexagenarian last night – Hugh Grant. He joined my 60 club a few weeks back on September 9th.  His Bridget Jones co-star Colin Firth is already there. Not far behind is football hero Gary Lineker who turns 60 next month and then next year in May it’s George Clooney’sContinue reading “So many inspiring 60 year-old male role models”

How reassuring it is to hear older people talk of death

We had the elderly in-laws over yesterday.  Both in their mid-80s – they arrived in the car with our son and his girlfriend – all masked up. We sat them at the edge of our dining table, well away from the rest of us. taking special care with  social distancing and adhering to the ruleContinue reading “How reassuring it is to hear older people talk of death”

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