Dates

I do not enjoy marking time, but my brain seems to love it.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t get past ‘a year ago today’ or ‘this time last year,’ and it’s especially hard in June. So I’m off to stare at sand and sea for a couple of days.  It is true…

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Goodbye, Summer

I’ve packed away my sundresses and sandals as I’ve learned that having cold shoulders and frozen feet won’t bring Summer back.  Living in Scotland, one learns to appreciate a good Summer, and we definitely had one this year.  Now comes September with its golden light and cardigan temperatures.  There is something uniquely British about feeling…

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Joy

Back in January of this year, I decided to learn to play the ukulele.  I’d heard that learning a musical instrument in middle age (ahem) can help improve memory and ward off certain types of dementia.  So I bought myself a little concert ukulele and proceeded to torture everyone in the house. Fast forward to…

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Flying

Well, November was over in a blink, and December is threatening to do the same.  I have heard time speeds up as you age, but I thought it was just a case of old people being dramatic. The trick to ‘slowing’ time is to have new experiences every day.  Following the same routine becomes monotonous…

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Homemade Pumpkin Syrup

  I know it’s a bit passé, but I enjoy the flavour of spiced pumpkin this time of year, especially pumpkin chai and pumpkin lattes.  After trying several shop-bought syrups and finding them artificial, I decided to try to make pumpkin syrup myself.  It took two attempts, and the syrup isn’t very thick, but it’s…

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