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Marriage and goat’s milk mayhem (Rousse)

I was shocked when I learnt that JC had moved back in with her parents after her marriage to GC came to a sudden end. This was nothing, however, to my dismay and desperation when TPR calmly announced that his … Continue reading

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Brian the Irish architect (Rousse)

I knew that TPR had tired of me completely, so I was keen to line up a replacement for my husband as soon as possible. My work colleague Brian the Irish architect seemed a good candidate. Like TPR he was … Continue reading

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County Durham coal mine confidences (Rousse)

My sister S whispered over the telephone that she’d heard about a woman from County Durham, now living in Sydney, who had sold secrets about British coal-mining to the Chinese. When I next saw her in person, my sister confided … Continue reading

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Hebridean ham roast recipe conundrum (Rousse)

The contestants were each invited to roast a lump of ham. I would then judge their efforts so that the winner would be appointed part-time chef at the Hebridean guest house. I wondered how they would cope with the recipe … Continue reading

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A coronavirus lockdown bike ride to Luce (Rousse)

The building work at the St James Centre finally complete, our flat on the ground floor of John Lewis now had a big picture window that looked out on to a massive plaza. Of course, a corollary of this was … Continue reading

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From Chad to Croydon via Disneyland and Australia (Rousse)

TPR set up a summer-long ‘book’ group and called it ‘Chad’. The participants ranged from his friends to a couple of my undergraduate students. Somehow JS had managed to inveigle herself into the men-only meeting. Meanwhile I visited drab, rainy … Continue reading

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Library friends (Rousse)

I spent so much time in the massive library that I became good friends with all the staff, and other users often mistook me for a librarian. One day, for example, I was obliged to field complaints from a couple … Continue reading

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A kid’s Skype eye test (Rousse)

Having given up on the optician, BC asked me and TPR to test the eyesight of her son N. Over Skype, it was rather difficult to persuade him to identify which of the black lines were more distinct (in the … Continue reading

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Revolting book group grub (Rousse)

The meal was a complete disaster. I should never have volunteered to bring food that I had cooked at my own house to JS’s flat to serve to my book group companions. Somehow in transit the pork chop suey had … Continue reading

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Sofas, snow, and singing on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street (Rousse)

Two new shops opened on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street while we were away on holiday. As an avid reader, I was pleased that one was a book exchange. The other was a posh furniture store full of University of Edinburgh students. … Continue reading

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