The story of the squirrels
May06

The story of the squirrels

I’m no expert on wildlife, but I’ve always quite enjoyed seeing different birds and animals in our garden and the surrounding area. And, over the course of the year, with literally nothing else to do, we’ve all become a bit obsessed with the local wildlife. There’s the blue tits which take bits of Herbert’s fur for their nests, the two friendly robins who sat patiently watching my husband as he dug up the...

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Lockdown: Life in the village
Jul01

Lockdown: Life in the village

We live in a ‘semi-rural location’ in Gloucestershire – a village reasonably close to a town. The village has a high proportion of residents in their 60s, 70s and above, and not many kids. During lockdown, we’ve spent a lot of time walking round the village. With no friends locally, the kids are usually with us. We see the same things and same people every day. It’s a bit like This Country combined with Groundhog Day. We have...

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The Gallery: Where I live
Jul08

The Gallery: Where I live

I live here. It’s a five-bedroom house (yeah, I know – get me!) and it doesn’t always have snow on it, but I like this picture. This is the fourth house we’ve owned – we’ve gone from a one-bedroom flat in the town centre 16 years ago, to a three bed terrace near the town centre 14 years ago, to a semi-detached three bed bungalow round the corner from here 10 years ago – to this. We moved in at...

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Church fete NIB
Jul02

Church fete NIB

You know NIBs in newspapers? The little stories in the columns down the side? News in brief? I’ve already posted today, but I just felt I needed to do a NIB on my blog. We live in a nice village in a ‘semi-rural location’ (I like that slightly bureaucratic sounding phrase). It’s full of old people. My son is in the Scouts in the village. Everyone likes Scouts. Scouts are Good Kids. This evening the Scouts went...

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