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Straw Lamb

It’s a blustery afternoon, too wet for gardening, so instead I set about finishing up this year’s jam making: today, strawberry jam – my favourite. Further to my experiences with the raspberry jam the other day, I make it in…

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Making Jam (and smiling)

~ It was 11 years ago that those immortal words ‘Thomas, keep on smiling and making jam…’ in a leaving card of mine. This year it seems to be a statement that is more appropriate than ever. Yes, there is…

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Harvesting Berries

An infamous comment in a leaving card from the-best-temp-job-ever (sic.) in the summer of 1998 read, and I quote, keep smiling and making jam. I liked that comment, and I’ve tried to live by it ever since. There have been…

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Still smiling, still making jam…

it’s all about meme “I want everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions: no more, no fewer. Ask me anything you want (though I reserve the right not to answer, or to answer evasively). Then I want you…

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Writing, smiling, and jam

1. The progress forward of my writing is, this week, going to be largely dictated by a hot stove, and the 8 lbs of damsons and 9 lbs of greegages which I acquired from my parents’ neighbours gardens this weekend….

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Keep smiling and making jam

Back in the summer of 1998, in a leaving card from my then job as Programme Administrator for one of Oxford University’s summer course’s, fellow temp, Emma Golley wrote: Keep smiling and making jam! Since then I have always vowed…

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