Monthly Archives: November 2011

Time Past – 16

From the BFMS Forum 19 December, 2009 – Holly and Ivy Our children grew up in a large Edwardian house. Its ground floor extended back a long way and included a former outdoor lavatory, now part of a ramshackle conservatory.  Rows of … Continue reading

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Advent Thought

A November tea time and it’s dark.  Cars on the bypass draw near, then fade into the distance. They sound like breaking surf. After each one, silence, as the drivers go about their business. Does this one mourn, observing the … Continue reading

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English Apples

A bowl of apples rests on a table in our hallway. I’m repeatedly drawn to it, with its honey-gold fruit. Each apple is identical. I’m bothered slightly by that. The crop must have been very precisely engineered to be so. … Continue reading

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Silver for Luck

‘I think I’ll have a look.’ The old parish councillor pulled out a cake of tobacco and, with his pocket knife, carefully pared away enough to fill his pipe and then set off, lighting up as he stepped out of … Continue reading

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March Winds

It’s dusk in this street of Georgian houses. A brisk, cold wind blows. Spring is not quite here.  Soft lights glow in the first floor drawing rooms. In the basements – down ‘area steps’ – there are signs of meals … Continue reading

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Time Past -15

From the BFMS Forum (edited) May 9, 2009:Workhouses and Well Water  ‘We can boil kettles’, Mrs Llew said staunchly after the heating system packed up. It’s no longer than 150 years since her unlettered ancestors, and mine, drew cold water … Continue reading

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Slumbering Meadow

The  tall tree has shed all its leaves. Its highest branches are full of birds. They are silent. Beneath this tree last December, snow and ice were piled high. A nearby tree also has its company of birds. They’re motionless. … Continue reading

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Old Hack

I’ve a full notebook. The shorthand is fine but I’ve lost my place.  There’s something I’ve got to transcribe and get on the wires. It’s getting late. My last train goes soon. I quite often miss it these days and then … Continue reading

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Keeping Cool

A bonfire’s smoke drifted over the gardens – spacious plots, with mature trees. This is the Edwardian part of our town and the houses are generously built and separate from each other. No human created a formula for these incense … Continue reading

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An Ale House and ‘Flu Jabs

Normal is good. It’s an unacknowledged blessing really. An analogy comes to mind: ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show comes the dustcart.’ The Show is held only once a year, in the City of London – which would be in a … Continue reading

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