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Dead mackerel and a dead marriage (Rousse)

On the Sunday, we found dead mackerel strewn across the shoreline outside the hotel. I had hoped that we would spend the day together, but – as usual – TPR had other plans: to watch his friends play volleyball on … Continue reading

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A new home in Howe Street, Edinburgh (Rousse)

We bought 55b Howe Street, Edinburgh. It was a top floor flat offering amazing views of the breakers and puffins on the beach (far better than North Berwick), and a route so short to Glenogle Baths that many of the … Continue reading

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Tadpole hunting with a fishing rod (Rousse)

GK sheepishly walked back into my life when his marriage came to an abrupt end. I knew this immediately, the evidence writ large across the tan line on his wedding ring finger. It seemed that GK regarded my parents’ house … Continue reading

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Giving up on Argyll (Rousse)

I loved the beautiful arts and crafts house in Argyll that I shared with my parents and husband, so I was devastated when my father announced that he had had enough of the poor road links and isolation and would … Continue reading

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Keith’s carpet (Rousse)

Former University of Birmingham astrophysicist Keith rented out rooms in his shared new-build house (with tiny kitchen). When we paid him a visit, I was delighted to discover that the flowery sitting room carpet was almost identical to the one … Continue reading

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Moving back into the White House (Rousse)

On the basis of the enthusiastic reports of the recent fabulous visit of my mother and sister J, I could not wait to return to the White House. I met the man in charge of the (now) old people’s home, … Continue reading

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An enormous yellow melamine convector heater (Rousse)

I had my eyes on a giant 1970s yellow melamine convector heater. Even though it was the size of a large kitchen table, I thought that it would look fabulous in our flat. I just had to find a way … Continue reading

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Violence on the buses (Rousse)

ECM and I were travelling south along the east coast train line. I was heading to a conference in Kent, and she was accompanying me part of the way. It was only when ECM left the train that I realised … Continue reading

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A secret phone, a hidden four poster bed, a hard-to-reach dinner venue, and prostitutes (Rousse)

The location of my sister’s holiday house was unclear. It could have been North Northumberland, London or Birmingham. Whatever its location, it was much bigger than I imagined. My school friend Phil soon lost count of how many beds had … Continue reading

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Mansion makeover (Rousse)

I had never seen my parents’ house look so beautiful. With all the clutter cleared away and the antique furniture and decorations on display, it had the feeling of a stately home. My cousin B and her friend SW loved … Continue reading

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