A round of a claw, August (and a bit of …

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed the Pigeons and I have been a little quiet of late. The Summer holiday took its toll…

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Brrr-cha: looking for the signs of Autumn

Over the last week, the heavens have suddenly draped a blanket of chill across these parts. It feels as though Summer is nearing its end.…

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The Swish: Our Time of Gifts week 10

Could clothes swapping be the new mother’s little helper? This week, I went to a swish party organised by a friend I met through NCT…

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Captain Flinn: Look! It’s BEHIND YOU!!

One great thing about parenting – which I never anticipated – is the way it’s allowed me to dabble in all sorts of cultural delights…

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Postcard: bears in the woods

We spent the final stretch of our summer in a Dumfriesshire forest cottage. Chilly evenings and midges granted us licence for indulgent August wood fires,…

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The book: Our Time of Gifts week 9

My soon-to-be nonagenarian grandmother has announced she’ll no longer give out cash on people’s birthdays. Instead, she’s decided to give away her collection of books,…

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Postcard: home to roost

Time has flown. We’re nearing the end of our first summer holiday together, and the pigeons have spent their time at home getting to know…

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The cabinet of memories: Our Time of Gifts week 8

How often do strangers spontaneously invite passers-by to enter their homes? And then show them around each room, into each intimate corner of their dwelling?…

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The sunny day: Our Time of Gifts week 7

Is it easier to share when the sun is shining? For week 7 of Our Time of Gifts, I decided to chase up Wilhelmina, the…

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