Category Archives: Living with dying

Things I love 27: cherry blossom

The first house I remember living in had an ornamental cherry tree in the back garden. It was a prolific blossomer: brash and unashamedly pink. And it came out for my birthday! It was my tree. I mourned it when … Continue reading

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100 things I love 26: airport departure boards

Before this summer, when was I last on a plane? 2018 – a disastrous trip to Amsterdam for a friend’s 60th, when I managed to be so ill I barely left the extremely underwhelming hotel room. And before that…can’t remember. … Continue reading

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100 things I love 25: The Master and Margarita

I think my copy came from my dad. I have no idea why he had it – it’s not his kind of thing at all. And I picked it up in my teens, so it’s been with me for a … Continue reading

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100 things I love: a good cafe

A good cafe should offer comfort. Maybe it’s raining, or cold – that damp, bitter cold that gets under your skin. There should be people in there already, but there should be a table free for you. The table itself … Continue reading

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Update. You know, health and stuff. And food.

So, the good news is that the chemotherapy is holding the cancer in check for now. Next scan in a month. The bad news is that the chemo is hard. And the worse news is that after this, when this … Continue reading

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100 things I love 23: Breakfast

I am one of those people who always wakes up hungry. Obviously there were times in the dim and distant past when I maybe woke up hungover and didn’t feel well enough to eat, but other than that, I NEVER … Continue reading

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100 things I love 22: snow days

Ally ally aster, snow snow faster. I’ve never lived with snow. It’s always been a short lived treat, a holiday destination, a gift. The excitement of watching it start, through the window at school. The hope of being sent home … Continue reading

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100 things I love 21: soap

I love soap. Solid bars of soap. I just do. Why? Well, it’s much more ecologically sound, for a start. And I like the feel of a brick of soap in my hands – though I hate hate hate soap … Continue reading

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100 things I love 20: my DryRobe

This one is contraversial, I know, but you can call me all the names you like. I love my DryRobe, and I have one for Genuine Reasons. So leave me alone. I have it for swimming. Or, rather, for before … Continue reading

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100 things I love 19: being driven through the dark

So, my husband likes to drive. I don’t, so much. I like to go places, I like the freedom of driving, but the actual driving? It’s just something you have to do. Whereas he gets immense satisfaction from getting the … Continue reading

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