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    And lo, at a Nativity play in the south east …

    December 16, 2015

    On my way back from the station yesterday afternoon I saw the children from the local primary school trekking to the big assembly hall in the village for the nativity play. There was Mary, in the now-traditional floor length Frozen gown, Joseph wearing some sort of brown sack, many more than three kings with yellow paper crowns adorned with shiny stars, and an entire herd of sheep, zebras and giraffes. The animal onesie is, indeed, God’s gift to nativity plays.…

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    Listing badly

    It’s full-on headless chicken mode now as Christmas looms ever larger and my to-do lists are …. still unwritten. For someone who spends so much time writing, I am curiously averse to putting pen…

    December 14, 2015
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    Advent is coming

    OK, so, we’ve had a bit of a disaster this year with the Advent calendars. It wasn’t one of the usual troubles, either. I remembered to buy them in good time. I didn’t buy…

    December 7, 2015
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    The Winter’s Tale

    The Winter’s Tale has never been my favourite Shakespeare play. I did it for A level and it really stretched my enthusiasm for English lit. I’ve never opened the book again. But when a…

    November 8, 2015
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    Bags of fun

    I always feel a sense of rush at this time of year. As darkness creeps up earlier each day, there’s usually a lengthening list of stuff I am not quite getting round to. I…

    November 5, 2015
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    So this is Christmas

    Christmas isn’t an easy time for any woman. You see us, battling around the shops, shoulders hunched, faces grim, as we do our best to grab the stuff that will, like magic pixie dust,…

    December 14, 2012
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    Cute … or what?

    Oh no. Furbies are back! Child Two longed for one the first Christmas we were back in the UK. Naturally, in the throes of divorce/moving/constant arguing with TL, obscure Christmas list items were not…

    November 13, 2012
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    A very Christmassy des res

    Those lovely folk at Tesco Real Food have just done a number on me. They asked me if the kids and I would like to make a Christmassy gingerbread house. Of course I said…

    December 21, 2011
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    Christmas all wrapped up?

    You’re probably struggling with your Christmas wrapping now, as I am. Well, have a little look at this video, and give thanks every time you have a nice easy book to smother in reindeer…

    December 13, 2011
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    Making a date?

    There are a whole lot of dates around at Christmas, aren’t there? Those strange dried-up dates in the coffin-shaped boxes, that you only see at this time of year, with the odd little plastic…

    December 4, 2011