Latest News

Here is a list of our latest posts. Hope you’ll enjoy reading them.

Pauline Boty – have you heard of her? December 10th, 2017 - I am sneaking away from our Christmas card list, briefly, and rather unwisely given that I have only reached the Hs, to touch on my latest Parwich book group choice, which has rather joyfully introduced into my life a little known ‘Swinging Sixties’ Pop artist called Pauline Boty.
Remembering My Mother, Rachel Hall November 19th, 2017 - Today would have been the 108th birthday of my mother, Rachel Marion Hall nee Gartside-Tippinge. She was born on 19th November 1909 and died on December 3rd 1990 at just 81. I remember her with great love and affection, as do my brother John and sister Ruth, and as do all her nine grandchildren and … Continue reading Remembering My Mother, Rachel Hall
A Quiet Month in The Life of Two OAPs? October 24th, 2017 - ‘And they retired to a little cottage in the country, with roses round the door, to enjoy some well-earned peace and quiet…’ Only it’s not really like that at all. Admittedly
London Opens Its Doors September 27th, 2017 - Don’t you ever wonder, as you walk or more likely hurtle past elegant apartments, august institutions, or even rows of terraced houses lining the railway track, at the lives that go on behind those doors, what it is like to live or work there?
Family Celebrations: Welcome to Nell! September 2nd, 2017 - After a long but busy silence this end we are delighted to announce the birth of Nell Olive to our son, Nick and his lovely wife Sam.
1984 and all that July 26th, 2017 - The dumbing down of language… I read the other day that the average reading age in this country is nine! Guardian readers can be proud of their 14.
But First I’ll Just… June 24th, 2017 - ‘Today I’ll write a blog post, but first, I’ll just…’
Downsizing Dos and Don’ts May 29th, 2017 - As most of you know, we are (still) in the process of doewnsizing. It isn’t something done in a twinkling, because buying a smaller house is only part of the story which also includes lowering one’s horizons, downsizing one’s lifestyle. But that first, visible part of the process we have achieved and mostly happily, with … Continue reading Downsizing Dos and Don’ts
The Hypocrite May 13th, 2017 - Moliere, surely? No? Well, perhaps one of Shakespeare’s less well known works…? No, The Hypocrite is a brand new play, albeit based loosely on the Civil War of the mid 17th century.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter April 14th, 2017 - Happy Easter, everybody! Although, as predicted, at the moment the weather is cold and mostly grey. And Happy First Birthday to our ‘new’ house: exactly a year ago tomorrow, on April 15th 2016, we formally became the very happy owners of Crown Cottage, in Winster. Since then we have had an eventful year. In particular … Continue reading Wishing you all a very Happy Easter
Jennifer Parsons, nee Shaw-Wheeler March 27th, 2017 - Many old St Peter’s Girls will remember Jennifer Shaw-Wheeler, with and happy memories. I don’t know the exact dates when she was at school but I would guess probably 1951/52 until roughly 1956. I am afraid that I bring some very sad news, from her son, Andrew Parsons.
Saluting the ‘older’ generations March 26th, 2017 - Happy Mothering Sunday on this wonderfully sunny spring day to all mothers, grannies and great grannies, young and old. Remembering of course that soon as one becomes a parent, one automatically moves into the ranks of ‘the older generation’, however young one feels or might actually be in years. After all, what does age matter? … Continue reading Saluting the ‘older’ generations
Dazzled and Confused by… February 27th, 2017 - …The Dumas Club I was planning to do a blog on ‘Downsizing by the Experts’, but decided at the last moment to divert briefly to our latest mini Parwich Book Club meeting. Disappointingly I know, no pearls of wisdom from the experts here…(I several times fell asleep while reading in the bath, as you may … Continue reading Dazzled and Confused by…
Remembering Douglas February 1st, 2017 - 108 years ago today, on February 1st 1909, at exactly 2pm, a baby boy was born in a small village near Leicester. His father, Lionel, records the event very briefly in his diary:
How Sharp Are Your Eyes? January 29th, 2017 - Mine are not very good, when it comes to birdwatching… Second question: What Colour is a Magpie? I wonder how many of you have spotted that flash of blue on the wings?
The Tempest January 14th, 2017 - It might seem to be rather overdoing a point during the recent appalling weather to visit The Tempest, not once, but twice…
A Very Happy 2017 to You All! December 31st, 2016 - There is only this last day of 2016 to survive before we welcome 2017. Let us sincerely hope that next year will be more peaceful and less eventful than 2016 has proved to be.
Reaching out to all Mothers of the Bridegroom December 21st, 2016 - The Mother of the Bridegroom has a fairly minor role, in the scheme of things, but none of us wants to get it wrong, all the same.
The Wedding of Nick and Sam December 7th, 2016 - I have so much to tell you, it is really hard to know where to begin, and hard not to be too gushy and over emotional. We have had the most wonderful long weekend celebrating Sam and Nick’s wedding.
Crowns, Weddings and Walls! What a year… December 3rd, 2016 - What a year indeed… In January Nick and Sam announced their engagement, in April we finally bought and moved into Crown Cottage. In May the Problem of the Wall – about which more another day – reared its unwelcome head, so one way and another, we have spent many months unravelling, decluttering, downsizing…

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    1. Thank you, Gill. I am afraid you may get a flurry of posts landing on your computer, as I am sitting at mine now, hoping to slot in some missing posts and tidy things u somewhat! John has some truly amazing photos but we may’ve to wait a day or two for those as he has aver 4,000 to lift through!! So sorry to hear about your broken arm – what a pain in every sense!

  1. Marion and John,
    Having followed your blog we are pleased to read of your progress.
    Belatedly – as Jenny has now recovered from a third operation on her hips – we are visiting Parwich for a shortened period …. 31st July – to the morning of August 4th.
    We would love to pop in to say hello but certainly not too take up too much of your time as we are condensing activities!!
    If you are away may we wish you both well.
    Jenny and Derek

    1. Derek and Jenny, what a lovely treat to hear from you again! Yes, please, we’d really love to see you both. Lunch or supper, any of those days, although Tuesday mildly less convenient than all the others. Winster is only about six miles from Parwich, we’d love you to meet our new house.

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