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A Tale for Spring

Phoebe sat surrounded by daffodils. She had chosen a bench well away from the house to eat her sandwich and enjoy the April sunshine and now she gazed around her at the nodding golden heads covering the grass down to the lake. Casting her mind back to the morning she remembered the English essay partly written on her computer at home and wondered where it might be going,until she was suddenly jolted back to the present by an inquisitive dog who seemed interested in her rucksack.....

"Hello, gorgeous, are you after my lunch?"

She bent down to stroke the yellow bundle and looked around for its owner.

"Teddy! Teddy!" she heard in the distance.

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A Consideration of Lives

In comparing my life with that of my grandparents I find my side of the list is uncomfortably full beside theirs. My parents are no longer alive so I am unable to obtain much information or personal anecdotes about either set of grandparents both of whom are no longer with us. Not to be beaten I decided to draw on my general knowledge of the time period in which they lived and together with my personal remembrance of the type of people my own parents were I reckoned I might be able to build a picture of sorts.....

I have decided to concentrate on my maternal grandparents as I do know a few facts about them and mindful that my mother's standards and attitudes would have been influenced by her upbringing this should give me some insight into theirs.

They were working class as were my parents, but the term applied today bears little resemblance to the status of that class in the1850's. My grandfather was a painter and decorator and on this wage he supported a family of eight plus himself and my grandmother whose work it was to see to the nurturing of them all. My older sister tells me that our mother once referred to how hard he worked and to her knowledge he didn't seem to have suffered any serious periods of unemployment. Mother also gave her the impression that the family never had a holiday, never went away at all, a fact hard to digest today.

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green fingers

green fingers

Gardening is great at this time of year with flowers in full bloom the garden can bring real joy to the green fingered and dispair to those who hate weeding and mowing. Here we share some top tips

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A visit to the West End

A visit to the West End

A wonderful day was had by all on the recent theatre trip to the West End. 

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Shakespeares birthplace - worth the trip?

Shakespeares birthplace - worth the trip?

A great day out was had by all at the recent theatre trip to the West End.

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