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Up, Up, and Away! 

There was a frisson of expectation and joy in the air at Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta held at Ashton Court, and the first after three years so appreciated more than ever. By chance, I found…

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Out of the Blue 

“What’s that over there?” I asked Mr Word Loft and my grandson as we journeyed on a steam train from Bodmin a few months ago. A monumental obelisk rose on a hillside in the distant…

Pumpkin Inspiration
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Pumpkin Inspiration 

“My sincere condolences.” A good friend sympathized, and we both laughed. I had just told her that one of our three pumpkins had died and shrivelled in our teeny pumpkin patch. I have to admit,…

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Full Steam Ahead … 

… even though it rained on and off throughout the Port Eliot Steam Fair. After all the sunny weather leading up to the event, it was a tad unfortunate. Unpleasant for the campers and exhibitors,…

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Arrivederci Tuscany 

The last few days hurtled by and included a second trip to Florence. Confident with reasonably priced parking arrangements at Empoli railway station and the train ticket purchasing system, we were more relaxed. The journey…