Tag Archives: sitting room

Unexpected visitors and missing friends (Rousse)

QL rang me in a panic. ‘Lucy thinks that the reunion is still on. She didn’t receive the lockdown cancellation email. She’ll arrive in Edinburgh tomorrow.’ I ignored the message – indeed forgot about it – until the following afternoon … Continue reading

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A witless move to Wolverhampton (Rousse)

Only a week earlier I’d been saying that I loved my Edinburgh flat so much that I would never leave. So why was I now moving into a bungalow in Wolverhampton? Its only ‘advantage’ over my former home was the … Continue reading

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Hope for hoarders dashed (Rousse)

The back staircase was decorated pink. The neat piles of junk on the steps were numerous – perhaps an indication that, at long last, my parents were having a clear-out. However, when I stumbled over a box of out of … Continue reading

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Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the strange shoe switch (Rousse)

TPR and I were staying temporarily in a small rented apartment along with DTJ and her toddler son JJ, who slept in a curtained off area at the far end of the sitting room. On a day when I should … Continue reading

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The best accommodation in Birmingham (Rousse)

TPR and I needed somewhere for a short overnight stay in Birmingham. The perfect solution was to invite ourselves round to our old house in Birmingham. We’d done this before – in secret when the new owners had been away. … Continue reading

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Home décor disaster (Rousse)

N and S proudly presented their newly decorated sitting room. I was able to enthuse about like the fresh green colour scheme. However, I was unconvinced that the 1970s styling was appropriate to their low-beamed cottage. I also wondered who … Continue reading

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When home improvements go wrong (Rousse)

When I walked into the kitchen I noticed that TPR had moved some of the appliances. A huge white freezer stood in the hob’s usual spot, and next to it was the tumble dryer. I also spotted that the sink … Continue reading

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Finding a tenant in Birmingham (Rousse)

On a rare visit to Birmingham, TPR and I checked up on our little house in Northfield. It had been empty for years, but we didn’t have the heart to sell it. I wandered around the lovely garden, surprised to … Continue reading

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An audience with Paul Weller (Rousse)

Paul Weller was just visible through the sitting room window. He seemed to be singing to himself while all the others at the party were listening to old vinyl records. I signalled to him from the street to join me. … Continue reading

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A sexy shower rendez-vous (Rousse)

Even though we’d over-provisioned on white wine and not bought enough red, our party was still going reasonably well. From the sitting room (where most of the guests were gathered) I walked into the kitchen to see if the shower … Continue reading

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