Tag Archives: Christmas

Absent father is prisoner (Rousse)

While TPR fixed my cousin A’s computer, I was watching my father in conversation at the other end of the room. He was telling someone about his contacts inside, and their assumptions about his work as a vet. He was … Continue reading

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Unwelcome house-mates (Rousse)

Entertaining L,T, P and S was much  more difficult now that we lived in shared accommodation with PhD students. I was hoping that I could shoo the others away the night that I was hosting our dinner party, but I … Continue reading

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University selection criteria (Rousse)

The prospective student from Stockton-on-Tees visited campus with his mother, grandmother, and aunts. He stated that he wanted to study Physics. Since we did not offer a degree in this subject, I started ‘selling’ Computing and Engineering, highlighting that two … Continue reading

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Dinner for the dead and alive (Rousse)

They were all there – family members dead and alive at my maternal grandmother’s house: my uncle who had emigrated to Australia in the 1970s was on the lawn in the back garden with his younger daughter, who was photographing … Continue reading

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First frost at Niagara (Rousse)

Our visit to Canada coincided with the first frost of winter. Overnight the Niagara river froze, and the vegetation all around sparkled in the ice. Most beautiful of all were the orchards lined with rows and rows of apple and … Continue reading

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An icy dip on Christmas Day (Rousse)

So delighted was TPR to be with his entire family again, on arrival at his mother’s house for Christmas he disappeared straightaway into the large cinema room with his sisters. That left me with his step-father to set the table … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020 in June 2021 (Rousse)

Finally, six months later than anticipated, at the end of June 2021 we were permitted to host our annual Christmas party (2020). But first, I had to remove AD from the kitchen. JS, who knew exactly who he was and … Continue reading

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From swimming with killer whales to selling Christmas tat on eBay (Rousse)

My sister S was very busy. First she changed into her red bathing costume and jumped into the sea for a swim. I was grateful that the school of killer whales did not pay her any attention. Next she was … Continue reading

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Salvaged: a single-footed skateboard and an antique secrétaire (Rousse)

Back in Birmingham again, TPR, my father, and my little sister were picking through the contents that we had left three decades earlier in our old house in Northfield. Much of it was junk. This included a narrow skateboard with … Continue reading

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Unwelcome guests and a Christmas party assault (Rousse)

Two of the most popular guests were missing from our super-early Christmas party. Instead of joining us in person for sausages and Champagne, BP and her new husband SF communicated to us (and the world) from their bedroom as they … Continue reading

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