The Archive

Grumpy Middle Aged Woman: I didn’t cause financial crisis

How old do you have to be to be a Grumpy Old Woman? 50? 60? 80? If I’m not old enough yet, I’ll settle for Grumpy Middle Aged Woman. Yes, that will be it, simple arithmetic: young women 16-39, middle aged women 40-63 and old women 64-87; 88+ very old! OK, I admit it: I […]

A shopping experience

Well – that’s Christmas over with for another year. If we had been organised enough to realise it was coming and actually made plans, it would have been a bit of an anticlimax but we didn’t, so it wasn’t. To be fair, there were a few new experiences or, more accurately, an old experience – […]

Roads with lakes round every bend

There is an old saying that problems come in threes. I was cynical: people face many problems and they can always group them in threes. From personal experience problems always come at Christmas. All sorts from serious to trivial. This year three problems of the same kind, all car related, have arrived together at Christmas. […]

Christmas comes more frequently now

When I was a kid my grandma used to say that time speeded up when you got older. I didn’t really understand what she meant. I pondered: could it be that every year was a shorter proportion of your life, that older people were busier, that older people were less efficient or something to do […]

Lie in or Run?

It’s been one of those miserable, wet weekends.

When I woke this morning there was heavy drizzle, grey bleakness and the wind buffeted, almost leafless trees, were struggling to stay upright.

“Looks a bit too wet and windy to go running” I ventured. My legs retained the memory of yesterday’s muddy hills and […]

Not a matter of taste!

Last week a lot of people commenting on a BBC Have Your Say (HYS) topic were getting heated about prescription pizzas. Why should anyone get their pizzas free at the tax payers’ expense?

To avoid misunderstanding these weren’t ordinary pizzas but gluten free pizza bases available on prescription for sufferers of a medical condition that […]

Genealogy: filling in the dates of death

I spend a lot of time researching my family tree, or rather my children’s family tree – just to double the challenge. Not one branch but all of them. For some I’ve gone back about 12 generations, others only three or four. (See my family tree database). I must admit it is not all my […]