Category Archives: Grandchildren

Atop or at the Foot – RIP Peta


Atop, as the latest photo challenge, has made the picture I found of Peta the budgie, who departed life this evening, rather apt.  Peter was donated to us by young R’s preschool in 2011 after he had been retired from active service there … Continue reading

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Anti-Colonialist Antics and Antipathy, Bikes, and Lots of Water


The past weekend started with swimming – self at home and then we all shot off to young J’s swimming lesson. From there it was to the Pavilion Mall, where I splashed out on a new cycle computer. After lunch … Continue reading

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Communication from a Cattle Crossing


Eldest granddaughter Immy has just received the following letter: We are, of course, thrilled.  With the reputation and performance of Oxford, only those with outstanding graduate results even bother to apply, and even then most are turned away.  We can only … Continue reading

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Congratulations to an Ex-teenage Grandson


Wishing a most ecstatically happy birthday to the second of our teenage grandchildren to stop being that. It won’t be long before the two pre-teens stop being pre-, too.  In the meantime the latter do help make us feel less ancient. … Continue reading

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Bits of Blocked-out Sunlight


© February 2017 Colonialist

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A Splash of Solitude


For Solitude I heartily agree With Jen Hooks: nothing better than the sea (Particularly if that sea you reach By private access leading to the beach); On her example I will also lean By having little girl to set the scene; … Continue reading

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Spied on, Identification Parade, Point of Interest, and Chick Lit to get Fired up after.


Last night I got spied on by this Cream-striped Owl Moth Cyligramma latona. They are quite shy, so I was pleasantly surprised that it stuck around for long enough for me to go indoors for my camera. One second after I … Continue reading

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