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Of grandmothers and cunning plans

Of grandmothers and cunning plans

Sunday. After yesterday’s leisurely start if outdoorsy-busy day, today Emma and I got up and breakfasted, before packing my mini-kitchen into freezer bag and our new Blue Texel farm shop bag. Then we headed out to Amersham to see Emma’s…

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The Sixteen Day Weekend

On the eve of going back to work tomorrow its time for a little bit of a round-up of the last two weeks which have seen me largely oblivious to what day it was. There was our professional photoshoot near…

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The Occasional Poet

The Occasional Poet

Whenever I start a new notebook to jot down my writing notes there comes first a period where I have to transcribe bits and pieces across from the old to the new. I have quite a collection of truly interesting story…

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The pleasure of words

The pleasure of words

The original plan (ie. the plan that only came into being two days ago) for today would have seen us spending this morning with my mum and dad. But plans changed, and circumstances dictated that we suddenly had an entire…

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Autumn walks

Autumn walks

After an early start to Saturday, giving the house a good clean, Emma and I headed out to Oxford just after midday to meet my Mum and Dad at The Perch Inn, Binsey – just on the edge of Port…

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Being a tourist in your own town

Being a tourist in your own town

Today was a day for seeing family that I haven’t seen in ages, or indeed in come cases, not at all. With the exception of Olivia, I’ve not met any of my first cousins-once-removed, and only she when she was…

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Great Aunt Blanche and Gunning King

We have a portrait in our house of Great Aunt Blanche. To me she would have been Great great aunt Blanch as she was my Granpy’s aunt. Its a very good charcoal sketch and we’ve always known that the artist…

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Great Aunt Blanche and Gunning King

We have a portrait in our house of Great Aunt Blanche. To me she would have been Great great aunt Blanch as she was my Granpy’s aunt. Its a very good charcoal sketch and we’ve always known that the artist…

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Family Reunited

Friday 24 July at 20:29 • There I was, innocently making the tonight’s dinner, and Emma was in the lounge messing around on Facebook, and then suddenly she’s telling me that I have a new friend; someone very close to…

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The Jefferys’ In Blissford

After the hiatus of Easter weekend, and the worries concerning Emma’s dad’s cancer today was the day for heading off to the New Forest and a day with my parents. Thankfully, Mr Jefferys was up to driving again so we…

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Goodbye Grandpa

Funerals are odd things. In some strange, mixed up way, I’ve been looking forward to today. I think that it is because of Grannie’s funeral two and a half years ago. Although it was sad, and upsetting, she was old,…

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Parents Meeting

And so at last we come to the day; the day of the parents meeting. If it wasn’t for ‘The Summit’ being scheduled for 1245 hours, I would have called it ‘Parents Evening’ but my pedantry forbids it. Both Emma…

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Red skies behind Norman towers

This weekend was utterly, fantastically great! 🙂 My parent’s arrived on Friday night, and on Saturday we went for a walk with Barney dog at Stowe Landscape Gardens near Buckingham (one of the Capability Brown constructed estates – there’s also…

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Freyja visits Grannie’s Magic Woods

Freyja visits Grannie’s Magic Woods Originally uploaded by shepline on 12 Apr ’06, 10.47pm BST PST. What the English weather couldn’t provide, a little bit of shepline magic has been able to reproduce… The family met up on Chorleywood Common…

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Rest in peace, Granny Shepherd

My brother just phoned me. Granny Shepherd, my dad’s mum has died this afternoon. The last time I saw her was Granpa’s 90th birthday celebration a month or so back, and a few week’s ago she saw her great great…

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