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My family

My family

My second husband is a Dorset man and we have settled very happily in the rural neighbourhood of Blandford. Between the two of us, we have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. Alice, our black Labrador, completes the picture.

Knitting

June 22, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet During WWII, it was so difficult to find wool that knitters had to be quite inventive, both in finding a source of it and also in using every scrap available. Mother, with three toddlers, always had a garment on the go. She used to hunt around for old discarded pullovers or cardigans and laboriously […]

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Grandmère’s Eyes

May 19, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet Five foot tall and shrinking, size eight, white hair borne in a tired loose chignon, my grandmother was the ruler on her patch. As far back as I can remember, Grandmère ran her household with a rod of steel. She didn’t shout, she didn’t threaten, she only had to look at you and you […]

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The Cuckoo Clock

May 12, 2011 My family
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Tweet Grandpère had been injured twice at Verdun, in the last months of WWI. As soon as he was fit again, he was posted with his regiment in Alsace where he then came to the end of his military career. He was looking forward to going back to his native island of Oléron with Grandmère […]

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Bleuette – my mother’s china doll

March 31, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet WWII was over and family units were gradually reconstituted, men folk missing or back from the war in an appalling state, women exhausted by the burden of running family and work together in great hardship. Now was the time for my parents to lick their wounds and face a new life. As soon as […]

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Grand-père’s garden

March 17, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet During the 1930s and 1940s, my grand-parents were living in a big rambling house in Boyardville, on the island of Oléron. This is where I was born and where I spent many holidays after the war years. I even spent a whole year there while doctors and surgeons were trying to put my parents […]

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Grand-mère

March 9, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet My grandparents lived on a small island off the coast of France, not far from La Rochelle. Both of them had many brothers and sisters, and we had numerous cousins, most of whom we never recognised when we came for our regular Summer holidays. Two months of bliss, those holidays were! In those days, […]

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Grandpère’s Solex

February 17, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet In the late 1940s, France was licking its wounds, still reeling from the war years, and there were great shortages of practically everything. For most, life was a great struggle since so many men had disappeared or been disabled. Yet, in 1946, an astounding new machine was created that would revolutionise the way French […]

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Come and see my etchings!

December 16, 2010 My family
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Tweet ‘Stop!’ She stopped a couple of steps into the room, her eyes closed in anticipation of the promised surprise. ‘Freeze ! Don’t move!’. His voice was urgent. ‘What could it be?’ she thought. She wanted to open her eyes but she didn’t want to spoil the fun. Jean had prepared her for this for […]

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