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Happy Friday… peonies and all…

I was unceremoniously woken by a clap of thunder. When I looked out of my bedroom window, Storm Miguel was battering my peonies and the rest of the garden, which was shaping up to be our best horticultural endeavour ever.

THE PATH TO PORTLINESS: Don’t Let it Happen to You

How I wish I'd had a chat with my svelte younger self about eating healthily and told them to keep an eye on things.  All too soon, your pert breasts and your taut butt take off on their journey south without you realising.

The Dotage Diaries – The Terrible Twins: Alexa and Dot

When I was in my prime, my life revolved around my job.  Now, after too many years on the 9-5 treadmill doing something that was never me, I am finally living my life around doing what I enjoy doing the most. Working from home, life is great but, just having got into the swing of my new laid-back existence, two... Continue Reading →

The Dotage Diaries – Steroid Fuelled

Although reluctant to start taking them again as I invariably end up looking like the Michelin man, it seems to be the only way I can deal with my autoimmune problems. After a little over a week, they have kicked in and I feel like a cross between Usain Bolt and and the Brownlee brothers.  My... Continue Reading →

The Dotage Diaries – I am turning into my mother

I have just had to sit down because I've had a bit of a shock.   I looked into the mirror and saw someone looking remarkably like my mother staring back at me. I swear I heard her say "Look at the state of your hair!", which is even more worrying really, given that she... Continue Reading →

The Dotage Diaries – Intermittent Amnesia

I had a couple of glasses of wine last night and I only remembered about Lent this morning after having eaten four biscuits with my coffee. Biscuits and wine. I was supposed to be giving up both these indulgences until 13th April. Too late now. I must try to remember next year. I might have remembered, had I eaten pancakes yesterday, but I didn't because I am on a diet.

The Dotage Diaries – Just another manic Monday

So ... I lit a fire and immersed myself in The Times General Knowledge Crossword and because it is a Monday, it's really easy. I know all the answers. I just can't remember some of them at the moment but I am sure I will after another cup of coffee.

The Dotage Diaries – Sleepless Nights

Sleepless nights these days don't pose too much of a problem for me given that I no longer have to don a suit and go to work. However, being awake half the night inevitably does has a knock on effect. I get nothing done around the house or the garden. As for trying to pack 20 years of global travel on a budget when you haven't got the energy to pop out to the supermarket ...

The Dotage Diaries – Making Lists

I never needed to do make lists.  I used to juggle my to-do list in my head which was bursting with the ultra-productive grey matter.  Now the grey matter seems to have turned into white mush, so I need to make lists but, I also need to remember to look at them.      

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