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I spent the morning baking with my trusty assistant Hugh who got to lick the chocolate bowl as a reward ! Jean, my Mum arrived from Newcastle by train at 1215. Pip + Barbs drove down with the turkey (to be eaten tomorrow) from Norwich and arrived at 1500 and Terry + Simon coming from […]

Sales in London have already started. Traditionally they used to start on Boxing day but not anymore. Many shops were discounting prices and started their sales in the days leading up to Christmas. Have to show you this great photo which I snapped as I walked up Hampstead High Street today – a little lad […]


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Today we went to see the most wonderful piece of theatre – WARHORSE – showing at The New London Theatre in Drury Lane, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I wept a lot. It’s the story of a boy and a horse in rural Devon and the 1914-1918 […]


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So good to be in London and no more Eurostar worries until we leave on January 02nd when hopefully everything will be normal. Because of Eurostar, Hugh’s friend Jamie from Cape Town, on a grand tour of European cities, happened to be stranded in London so the 2 boys met up and had a great […]


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Monday started with rather a long wait at Gare du Nord for our train to Calais, delayed by having to drive more slowly than scheduled due to thick snow on the tracks but once onboard, it was a pleasant, pretty 2hour (should have been 1.5 hour) ride.         A bus was waiting […]


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Got to Gare du Nord this morning for our holiday to London to find no Eurostar services running ! Stood in a queue for information – not much – Channel Tunnel closed due to the cold weather ! What was I just saying yesterday about no disruptions….. Came home, watched news, read online reports and […]


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You people in the southern hemisphere ? Are you enjoying your sunshine ? Want to try minus 1C snow ? Unlike London, Paris seems to function quite normally when the snow falls. Métros run fine; buses run fine; trains run fine. Or maybe I just don’t notice through my rose tinted spectacles !

Welcome the snow ! This is what Paris woke up to on Thursday morning !

Have just come back from 2 days + 1 night in Reims which until recently I had been pronouncing as “REEMZ” but is in fact “RANCE” ! Monique who organises our monthly randonnées decided to organise a trip to Reims so 15 of us left Paris on Tuesday morning and returned on Wednesday evening. These […]

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