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friday evening as usual

The deck still glistens with water, but at last the sky is clear save for those high, light grey clouds that are no more threatening than birdsong. The sun has dropped behind the hills and when she stands at the … Continue reading

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life is what happens…

…when you’re making other plans. We’ve all heard that saying, right? And to me, it always suggests a certain negativity, a certain regret. A certain sense that, at the end of our days, we will look back and say, “I … Continue reading

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summer, suddenly

I was waiting for spring, and was taken by surprise by summer. North East Scotland is currently basking in a heatwave of twenty degree weather; last weekend, the city beach was a riot of children and dogs braving the North … Continue reading

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every one of life’s journeys

So, the Caribbean was not truly for me. I feel very guilty and spoilt writing that, but I think there are certain landscapes that really resonate with a person – often, but not always, those they grew up in – … Continue reading

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A night on Mont Blanc

After our brief foray on the Midi Plan traverse, Ben and I have been itching to start our mountaineering season properly. Unfortunately, the weather has been anything but compliant, so when the forecast gave us a brief window, we decided … Continue reading

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Old friends; old mountains

Around this time two years ago, I was putting together the table plan for Ben’s and my wedding. Thinking that they would get along – both Oxbridge graduates, both very intellectual and both fierce Tories – I sat Ben’s school … Continue reading

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The Garden

My knee injury has resurfaced, which means no hiking for a while, so I’ve finally had a chance to work on the garden. All we had in the way of outdoor space at our flat in London was the top … Continue reading

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