Corfu 1988

Corfu 1988 We drive cautiously round the tight bend to a cluster of sleepy cottages growing out of a profusion of oranges and lemons.  Rusty olive oil tins monopolise every square inch of space, vomiting monstrous geraniums and pelargoniums.  Doors, window frames and shutters are painted in bright peeling blues and greens, with roses the…

Memories of Wartime

Memories of Wartime When I was a kid during WW2 we didn’t have sell-by dates and elf and safety, we just had the war to contend with.  It became so much a part of our daily existence that after it was over a friend said ‘I didn’t know wars could end’. Our family had a…

Not Working

Not Working A ficticious story inspired by the hidden St Peter’s, Dalby-cum-Skewsby, North Yorkshire by Maggie B Dickinson For Judy the best part of not working was her redundancy from setting the alarm clock five nights a week.  Bliss.  In future the irksome clock would only be programmed for important occasions and she would revel in…

A paddle up the Pennines 1977

A paddle up the Pennines 1977  Published June 2012 in Down Your Way as “Jubilee bunting spurs us on for big walk” To celebrate my fortieth birthday in 1977 I walked the Pennine Way with my late husband David and 12-year old daughter Vanessa. Sodden sheep lurking without intent behind dry stone walls, life-threatening peat…

Lakeland’s Last Box Standing – The AA in Cumbria

Lakeland’s Last Box Standing – The AA in Cumbria Originally published in Cumbria magazine July 2015 Braving the elements on Dunmail Raise, an exposed mountain pass between Grasmere and Thirlmere, is the yellow and black Automobile Association ‘sentry’ box number 487 that has stood its ground for eighty three years.  If only the box could…

Road to Freedom for Girl on a Golden Rudge

Road to Freedom for Girl on a Golden Rudge Re-published by kind permission of Down Your Way from their issue of June 2012 One extremity-numbing Saturday morning in November 1953 a friend and I set off on our bicycles for a weekend at Aysgarth Youth Hostel, a YHA buzzword on the strength of the warden’s…

Guide Dog on Samos

Guide Dog on Samos  April-May 1989  I’m not a huge fan of animals, being nervous of most dogs and squeamish about wildlife.  But just now and again I could cheerfully take a cute little pup or a fluffy kitten home with me:  like the winsome little mongrel we met on Samos. My late husband, known…