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Holy shit. It’s a castle!

There was a bit of hullaballoo when my mother headed back home and I continued my journey alone.   We’d been to Temple Meads Station the day before to arrange for her transport to Heathrow. The folk at the ticket office … Continue reading

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Fridge magnet

The kitten I adopted a couple of months ago was spayed the day before yesterday.  The soft neck cone (a bit like this but blue with laces) she came home in didn’t even make it out of the carrier.  She … Continue reading

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What?

How can it be that I’m bored with my travel story?  This makes no sense.  I was outrageously excited to be there and had an exceptionally good time for a lot of the time.  Concern about my mother dominated a … Continue reading

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Ugh … Ahh…

Despite my grumbling about our stay in Inverness, I actually liked the town.  Bustling and growing, it had a weird vibe that I don’t know how to describe without sounding insane.  It seemed a bit like a rough and tumble … Continue reading

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Wish I’d kipped on the banquette at Nellie Dean’s

Our next port of call was Inverness and then on to our Airbnb stay in the Western Highlands.  This was the view from the train en route to Inverness. And this was the pretty view from my room in Inverness:  … Continue reading

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Smoking ruins

When I first arrived at Heathrow as an eager 18 year old ripe for adventure, I was part of a group bound for Enrichment at Oxford.  To help us overcome our jet-lag, they herded us from plane to coach and … Continue reading

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Legal Castles

One aspect of my mother’s resistance to cancelling our trip was her interest in being in Edinburgh for the referendum.  Another aspect was “showing [me] Scotland” as it is her birthplace and I had never been.  In the event, she … Continue reading

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Weebles Wobble

So my mother nearly decapitated herself. She had me go to her apartment when she called from the hospital.  I sat there all day, waiting to hear any news from her.  When she called to say that the doctors deemed … Continue reading

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Getting old ain’t for sissies

My mother fell a couple of months ago.  She was out walking and a bit of uneven pavement upended her.  She tried to roll into the fall but only succeeded in breaking a couple of ribs.  It was difficult and … Continue reading

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Making lemon/orange-ade with neices

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