Bangladeshi Egg and Potato Curry

I stood in the doorway.  Fabric everywhere!  Diaphanous reds and blues and pinks and mauves and turquoises in the shapes of head scarves, shawls, and saris, lovingly wrapped around happily bubbling women.  Like a blessing on the packed room was a child-familiar scent as plates of food brought from the tiny kitchen  by more fabric-edged smiling… Continue reading Bangladeshi Egg and Potato Curry

A Community of Memories

Some people never die, do they!  I’ve known a host of beautiful people who have profoundly influenced my life, who still feel very close to me now. One such person is the talented Sophie, brilliant Bletchley Park code breaker, surrogate grandmother to our children, and the most humble, self-effacing person I’ve ever known.  Sophie is… Continue reading A Community of Memories

Wassail!

Wassail On a dark January night at the time of the new moon I arrived at an icy parking lot with my tin pan and wooden spoon, little knowing what was awaiting me. I joined 50 shadowy figures wreathed in black flowing clothing, black painted faces and amazing feathered flowered headgear.  Every time they moved… Continue reading Wassail!

The Blue Party

The Blue Party It was a dark, stormy, cold, rainy, yucky Monday morning in January when the parcel arrived.  Amid the usual get-ready-for-work rush, I stopped to open it.  The contents revealed a small bottle of blue nail varnish (polish) with an accompanying note from California daughter:  “Dear Mom,” it read, “I’m sending this to… Continue reading The Blue Party

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 510 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the… Continue reading 2014 in review

World Food Day

World Food Day “What is your favourite comfort food?  What were your school dinners like?  What was your first taste memory?  What’s it like to plant, grow, and eat your own food?”  Such were the questions buzzing around the group celebrating World Food Day (16th October). It was with relief and delight that I watched… Continue reading World Food Day

Drinks in the Street

On some evenings Jacqueline Kelm (The Joy of Appreciative Living) sits in her driveway with a drink, and greets passersby.  Niece Lorrie has chilli with her cul-de-sac neighbours every Hallowe’en night.  We have sudden street parties.  The last one was because our daughter Joy presented us with an anniversary bottle of sparkling pink fizz.  The… Continue reading Drinks in the Street