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Monthly meaderings: November

November was a busy month. Busy at work, at home, at play. They are the good months. Plenty of ups and downs but more good despite some real annoyance. At work With a lot of holiday to use in December I needed to do everything that is important in November. Tricky. A few trips – Cambridge, Brussels and Utrecht. And plenty of being in London. London is glittering for Christmas already, the walking bit of my commute is darn pretty!…

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Monthly Meanderings: September & October

Two months at once because not much happened in September! A month always dominated by work! Very little time for much else! October more than made up for that, although a lot of that was work too! This year it was a case of ‘hi September’ and ‘oh, hi winter’… Literally overnight. Perhaps I should take some of the blame. I am the girl that waited for the end of summer to arrive and then bought a boat… The moment we shook hands…

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Monthly Meaderings: August

August was a full of fun month! At times it was chilly, so we were justified in lighting the fire at home! That novelty hasn’t worn off yet! Then at times it was simply glorious! And the bank holiday – good grief, we were blessed! Bathed in sunshine, Hampshire and the Costa del Solent were amazing! We took a last minute trip to Crete to join friends. More to come soon, but one must visit place is the pink sand beach of…

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Monthly Meanderings: July

July was about being thoroughly British and enjoying life in the village. And cows, but I will come back to them! Oh, and rain – it just didn’t seem to stop! Let me tell you, one doesn’t move to the country for a quiet life. But for community! And by that I mean walking home at dawn from civilised gatherings! ? The wise in the village always take a torch, even if the meeting time is 6pm ? as the…

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Monthly meaderings: June

June. Was. Busy. And excellent! At sea Each year there is an all women yachting regatta. Fabulous fun as it’s rare to have more than one girl on a yacht crew! Having the chance to sail without the boys is a treat (sorry boys)! The wind blew, the sun shone and we grinned from ear to ear. One of the best things about this event is that the crews don’t normally sail together. Day one and race one is about…

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Monthly meanderings: May

Better late than never, the timing of this says something about just how busy work has been keeping me!.. Manic May seems an apt description! May started in a snowstorm in Tallinn… And ended with a bleak but humid bank holiday weekend… Thankfully there was plenty of sunshine and blue skies in between!  And the garden and countryside came alive! Alas it was mostly long hours of work and plenty of business travel I found myself en(joy)during this month. The time…

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Monthly meanderings: April 

April is normally known for showers and the divine smell of petrichor. There wasn’t much of either this year.  Pretty much wall to wall sunshine. Chilly at times (and there was indeed hail just when May was about to arrive) but oh so sunny! I really enjoyed April – I particularly like looking back on a month as I pull together the post, smiling at the photos and how much we crammed in! We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. By…

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My monthly meanderings in March

Birthday month is easily the best month of the year. Not just because of birthday, but March also welcomes the start of spring. The evenings get lighter, British summertime arrives and it really is the start of the ‘happy’ months of the year! Birthday came a day early as Mr P was away with work! No complaints – I was keen to open presents early! It is traditional to take cake into work – I cooked up a storm and proudly…

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My Monthly Meanderings in February

February will always be better than January, and this year was no exception (thank goodness). A month that includes the following is good… …A luxury staycation at the Chewton Glen…. It’s where my obsession with luxury travel began, and it was a pleasure to return for Mr P’s birthday! … Weekends exploring more of our backyard… We’ve started picking places for pub walks that we don’t know so well to help us house hunt.  This time it was Kingley Vale, some…

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