Interview with Tonia Parronchi, author of Whisper on the Mediterranean

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To continue our series of interviews, we are delighted to present Tonia Parronchi, author of Whisper on the Mediterranean, a gorgeous memoir about sailing off the Italian coast. Like many of our authors, Tonia’s home is in a beautiful and special location. She lives in Tuscany, Italy with her husband, Guido, her son and a […]

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Beer and Guiness watching the sheepdog trials

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Purrfectly normal cat behaviour, I think! All my pets have quite ordinary names. So do my plants and car. They all respond very well to gentle endearments and the occassional sharp rebuke and any claims that I go around talking to myself instead of them are completely unfounded. I never wear anything in bed as […]

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Crutching Around

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Good morning all. Thought it was about time I wrote a blog. After all I only need to move my (completely square) bottom from the sofa to the computer chair to do it and so I’m not likely to over-exert myself! As you know, 7 weeks ago I tore a muscle in my left calf […]

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The incident of the frightening frying pan and the dog who didn’t bark!

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Twas midnight on a wild and windy night, when my delirious husband thought he heard the sound of breaking glass downstairs and, in spite of the pain from recent spinal fusion surgery, leapt from our bed shouting about burglars in the house. His long-suffering wife (that’s me!) opened a bleary eye and, turning on the […]

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Song of the Cypress


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 “The rough bark of the cypress beneath my fingers and Fiammetta’s calloused hand in mine felt almost the same and there was a strange energy in the air that seemed to run through us all as if we were part of a single entity. I closed my eyes and leant back, feeling the connection run […]

February 6, 2018

Beer and Guiness watching the sheepdog trials


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Purrfectly normal cat behaviour, I think! All my pets have quite ordinary names. So do my plants and car. They all respond very well to gentle endearments and the occassional sharp rebuke and any claims that I go around talking to myself instead of them are completely unfounded. I never wear anything in bed as […]

January 26, 2018

Poppies


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Poetry, like art, is not always easy to understand except for the artist involved. In a certain sense poetry, although often obscure, is more intimate than prose. It usually stems from an instant of intense feeling, is unplanned and spontaneous and, like a photograph, can encapsulate all that one feels in a certain moment in […]

January 25, 2018

Riding


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It is all about passion, don’t you think? The capacity to live life to the full, to break through the limiting boundaries that society presents to us and to find our true selves. Sometimes we perceive the truth through a veil of fear, other times we cannot restrain the joy that overtakes us. “Riding” was […]

January 25, 2018

Crutching Around


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Good morning all. Thought it was about time I wrote a blog. After all I only need to move my (completely square) bottom from the sofa to the computer chair to do it and so I’m not likely to over-exert myself! As you know, 7 weeks ago I tore a muscle in my left calf […]

June 11, 2017

Sic Parvis Magna


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“Thus great things from small things come.” We have a new member of our family; a small, boisterous, bundle of black fur with very sharp teeth. This black puppy has completely won our hearts even though there are moments when he resembles a Tasmanian Devil. Maybe we should have called him Taz? However, we didn’t, […]

December 9, 2016

Drake’s Progress


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I’m growing fast. I’m three months now and Mum says that I’m making progress. I’m not sure what that means but it sounds good. I make quite a few things – I make mum laugh a lot, make mum and dad cross quite a lot too and make a MESS very often. I like mess. […]

December 9, 2016