Author Archives: judithlouise

Hooray for the Glorious Peanut!

In celebration of Peanut Butter Day, January 24th.   Even my mother’s feet showed distress as she pitti-pitti-patted down the stairs, “Poor Georgina! I’ve put her into a terrible mess and don’t know how to get her out!” she threw over … Continue reading

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Meeting the new community

“Hello, how are you? I’ve seen you out walking.  Are you new? Yes. My name is Judy.  We have just moved here to be near our daughter. I try walk each day.” This is the conversation I practised on my … Continue reading

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American Thanksgiving in a Non American Country

Well, we had roast turkey, sausages, gravy, apple-celery-bacon cornbread stuffing with cashews and cranberries, Amish sweet potatoes with apple and mace, mashed potatoes, squash with crystallised ginger, green beans almondine, broccoli, cranberry-orange relish, the obligatory creamed onions (which, I understand, … Continue reading

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Apple County Apple Country

They say that if a medieval Greek man wanted to propose marriage, all he had to do was to toss his Intended an apple. If she caught it, or even tried to catch it (let’s keep her options open as … Continue reading

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Living in Limbo

I can find the Christmas plates, but not the base to the kettle. I can find my Grandmother’s jewellery, but not my socks. I can find 36 boxes of books, but two slow cookers have gone missing. Taking the paper … Continue reading

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A Community Farewell

  Well, it had to happen eventually, didn’t it — time to leave this community. people who have welded themselves into our hearts, who know us well, have seen us in pajamas and no make up hanging up clothes, have … Continue reading

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Shakers and Movers

“’ ‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free, ‘tis a gift to come down where you ought to be” goes the song given to us by the Shaker communal society, with their simple shared property, … Continue reading

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